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MDC Tower Theater Presents Baracoa, Where Cuba Began


Miami, May 24, 2012 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Tower Theater will present six exclusive screenings of Spanish-Cuban documentary Baracoa, Where Cuba Began (Baracoa, 500 Años Después),directed by Mauricio Vicent Mulet. These presentations, which start at 9:15 p.m. Friday, June 1, mark the U.S. commercial debut of the film. Previously, the film screened at MDC’s Miami International Film Festival to widespread praise.

Vincent, a 20-year Cuba correspondent for Spain’s El País before the Cuban government let him go, returns Baracoa, an idyllic location of majestic nature where the country was born five centuries ago, where he hoped to capture the residents’ daily life by living and dreaming amidst the palpable necessities, without stressing the political rhetoric seen in similar works.

A girl turning 15 and preparing for her Quinceañera party, a coach with fatherly instincts caring for his female basketball team, children whose dreams are to become boxers, religious groups with various classifications practicing their beliefs, and many other characters representing Cuba’s daily life are introduced to the viewer in raw form, as if there were no cameras, and in order to solidify the living proof that the Cuban people still survive amid adversities.

Dates and Movie Times:

Fri, June 1: 9:15 p.m.

Sat, June 2: 6:30 p.m.

Sun, June 3: 2:40 p.m.

Tue, June 5: 6:30 p.m.

Wed, June 6: 6:30 p.m.

Thu, June 7: 9:15 p.m.

As mentioned, the film was previously screened twice during this year’s Miami International Film Festival, both of which were sold out.

Tickets are $8 for the general public; $7 for MDC students and staff, seniors, and Miami Film Society members; $6 for Tower Theater patrons with valid 5-ticket package.    

The Tower Theater at MDC has been dubbed as one of the “10 great places to see a movie in splendor” by USA Today.  

Free parking is available in the public lots behind the theater.

For more information, please call 305-642-1264.   

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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