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New Film Looks At Cuba’s Underground Auto Racing Culture

Samuel Goldwyn Films

In 1959, there was a certain sport in Cuba that the newly triumphant Castro regime declared "elitist" and "dangerous."

Consequently, car racing was outlawed.

But now a new documentary examines Cuba's underground auto racing culture and the renaissance of the forbidden sport.

“Havana Motor Club,” opening April 8 at Miami Beach’s O Cinema, follows the attempts of a group of racing fans trying to organize the first government-sanctioned race in Cuba in more than 50 years.

The director, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, says his film is less about auto racing and more about the changes Cuba has been undergoing in recent years.

“I think it’s a film that really shows what modern life is like in Cuba,” says Perlmutt.

If You Go:

“Havana Motor Club”

O Cinema Miami Beach

500 71st St, Miami Beach

Friday, April 8 @ 6:45 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 @ 2:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Sunday, April 10 @ 2:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m.

Monday, April 11, 6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12, @6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13 @ 6:45 p.m.

Thursday, April 14 @ 6:45 p.m.

The film is also available on iTunes