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Havana Glasgow Film Festival

Los Zafiros - Music from The Edge of Time

Sun 21 November 2021

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English subtitling

Wheelchair accessible

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A black and white image of five men in suits and ties, the one on the left holding a guitar.

Los Zafiros

To those whose lives they briefly touched, Los Zafiros are legends.

A musical phenomenon moulded by their time and place, The Sapphires caused a sensation in Havana and beyond throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s.

Though they enjoyed international acclaim, touring widely throughout Europe, Los Zafiros have remained in relative obscurity throughout the USA as a result of the political climate of the cold war.

Their brilliant mix of American-inspired Doo-wop touched by Afro-Cuban rhythms, Salsa, Son and other traditional Latin forms shaped the beginnings of the world music genre.

Los Zafiros - Music from the Edge of Time explores the memories of Manuel Galban and Miguel Cancio, the two surviving members of Los Zafiros, as they are reunited in Havana. The film also features the perspectives of numerous Zafiros family members in Miami and Havana, international musicologists and musical colleagues of the group.

Lorenzo DeStefano I 2002 I 1h19m I Spanish with English subtitles I Doc I N/C 15+


Los Zafiros son leyendas para todos aquellos cuyas vidas tocaron brevemente. Un fenómeno musical moldeado por su tiempo y su lugar, Los Zafiros causaron una sensación en la Habana y más allá durante los años 60 y principios de los 70. Aunque gozaron de fama internacional, con giras por Europa, los Zafiros han permanecido en una relativa oscuridad en los Estados Unidos, a causa del clima político de la guerra fría.

Su mezcla increíble de Doo-wop de inspiracion norteamericana, ritmos Afro-cubanos, salsa, son, y otras musicas latinas, dio forma a los inicios del género de la música mundial.

Esta película explora los recuerdos de Manuel Galban y Miguel Cancio, los dos miembros sobrevivientes de Los Zafiros, cuando son reunidos en La Habana. También muestra las perspectivas de varios familiares de los Zafiros, en Miami y la Habana, además de músicos internacionales y colegas musicales del grupo.

Havana Glasgow Film Festival

Celebrating Cuban film and culture in Havana’s twin city of Glasgow

Our seventh edition focuses on the resourcefulness and extraordinariness of Cuba during one of the toughest points in its history in a hybrid Festival of online and live screenings.

Highlights include a Friday evening programme of films and discussion relating to Cuba’s unique approach to sustainability. Rebecca Heidenberg, Director of Queens of the Revolution will join us for a live streamed Q&A on Sunday night to discuss her portrait of a cultural centre that paved the road for LGBTQ+ rights in Cuba. Our featured director this year is acclaimed filmmaker Arturo Sotto and we will screen four of his films including the film noir Nido de Mantes / Mantis Nest.

Online Festival Passes, costing £15 / £7.50 allow access to all our online films, with an additional cost of £0/£2/£4/£6/£8 for live events at CCA on a pay-what-you-can basis.

For full programme details, visit our website

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2:50pm — 4:10pm




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English subtitling

Wheelchair accessible

Hearing loop

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Spanish with English subtitles / Español con subtítulos en inglés