New Film Looks At Cuba’s Underground Auto Racing Culture

Apr 6, 2016

Just one of the classic cars racing in 'Havana Motor Club,' directed by B.J. Perlmutt
Credit 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