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
The film is also available on iTunes