Directed by Daniel Fridell, the 85-minute documentary El Medico: The Cubaton Story, will screen at the Santa Barbara International Film Fest later this month.
The documentary follows real life Cuban doctor and Hip Hop/”Cubaton” (Cuban Reggaeton) artist “El Medico” (The Doctor) as he pursues his dreams of being an entertainer while also serving as a doctor in Cuba. Conflict arises when “El Medico”, also a Fidel Castro supporter, begins a partnership with capitalist music video producer Michel.
Here’s the full synopsis:
Set in Sierra Maestra, where Fidel Castro’s revolution began, this musical documentary pivots on a young doctor, “El Medico,” attempting to fulfill his dream of becoming a Cubaton”a Cuban Reggaeton. Singer/songwriter El Medico is completing his public service when he meets music video producer Michel. Their first song is an instant hit, but in order to reach a worldwide audience, a sexier song is needed. The film’s strengths are not just in its delightful dances but also in how it guides us to reflect upon the principles of the Cuban Revolution in a nation flooded with waves of capitalism. The problem is a pointed one and manifested by the main character’s option to film a showy music video in Revolution Square. As an avid Castro supporter, El Medico”s mother reminds him of his debt to the revolution, his compatriots, and Cuba”s world-renowned medical system, rendering El Medico’s performance of the traditionally influenced Cubaton all the more compelling.
I have embedded the trailer and a lovely compilation of clips from the film underneath it. Take a look: