On Screen In Person
Ghost Town to Havana
Screening begins at 7:00 pm
An inspiring story following the lives of two unusual youth baseball coaches: Nicolas Reyes, a 61-year-old Afro-Cuban who coaches in a Havana neighborhood that is rich in community but struggling desperately economically, and Roscoe Bryant, a 46-year-old African-American man who coaches in a troubled Oakland, CA neighborhood wracked by three decades of gang violence.
The filmmaker introduces the coaches virtually, and Coach Roscoe vows he will take his players to Cuba to play Nicolas’ team one day. Two years of US/Cuba sanctions and red tape later, Coach Roscoe and nine players fly to Havana to play Coach Nicolas’ team. For the next week, the boys and coaches eat, dance, swim, argue, tease, and play baseball together. The wary, street-smart, American boys gradually warm to the fun-loving friendship of their Afro-Cuban hosts. Then Roscoe receives a fateful phone call from home. Ghost Town to Havana is contemporary in content but as old as the Greeks thematically: the human struggle to wrest life from death.
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Post Screening Talk Back
Moderator: Douglas Yeuell, Executive Director, Atlas Performing Arts Center
Filmmaker: Eugene Corr
Coach Roscoe Bryant, Founder & Head Coach, Oakland Royals Youth Baseball
Tommy Goodman, Executive Director, Caribbean Educational and Baseball Foundation
Emily Mendrala, Executive Director, Center for Democracy in the Americas
Miguel Fraga, First Secretary, Cuban Embassy
Ghost Town to Havana is sponsored in part by the Caribbean Educational and Baseball Foundation
On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.