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Celia: The Queen & Havana Nights [Films]

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James Madison Memorial Building

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Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque Films

Popular dance music has a historic role in film soundtracks, whether disco, hip hop, or EDM. Take a trip through the Library’s film collections with a wide variety of feature films and documentaries that portray elements of dance culture’s evolution from the Disco era to the present.

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Presented in collaboration with the Library of Congress Hispanic Cultural Society

Celia: The Queen (2008) - 96 min.

Directed by Joe Cardona & Mario de Varona

This documentary narrates the inspiring impact of renowned Cuban singer and front woman of Latin music, Celia Cruz. The biography recounts how Celia dedicated her life to bringing people together through her captivating compositions.

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) - 86 min.

Directed by Guy Ferland

It’s 1958 and Katey Miller, along with her family, move from America to Cuba. Leaving her final year of high school behind and entering a completely new country in the throes of a revolution, Katey meets Javier Suarez, who ignites her passions through Latin culture and Havana life. The film provides an example of Latin dance music's appropriation by American popular culture.

Part of Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque, a series of programs that explore the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s. Presented in association with Brightest Young Things, The Recording Academy, and the District of Columbia Library Association.

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