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RSVP for this event opens TUESDAY, September 7th at 10 AM EST.  Space is limited, 4 ticket limit per person. Suggested $5 donation per person. 

All of our events will require an RSVP/Ticket PER PERSON for entry this summer, until further notice. 



In Cuba, where people fled en masse from Fidel Castro’s regime, surfing and other water activities have been banned for decades. Today, surfing exists in a murky legal gray area and is viewed with suspicion by the Cuban authorities.

Despite these challenges, a group of passionate Cuban surfers is determined to carve out a place for surfing in the country’s culture of athletic excellence. Frank is the group’s de facto leader, and many regard to be the best surfer on the island. Yaya is a community leader and surfer who is determined to ensure that the next generation can surf freely. When surfing is announced as an official sport for the Tokyo Olympics, they see their chance to bring their sport out of the shadows and on to the world stage. What follows is a tale of underground surfers building their own boards from scratch, dodging the authorities as they travel the island looking for the perfect wave, and attempting to legitimize their passion by persuading the Cuban authorities to field an Olympic team.

When Frank is invited to participate in a qualifier event out of the country, he must decide whether to compete, which would mean embarking on an illegal journey and risking permanent separation from his wife and newborn baby. Yaya is similarly torn when she is invited to participate in a surf symposium in Hawaii. Havana Libre is a story of people following their passion at great danger to themselves and ultimately begs the question: what would you risk to chase your dreams?

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5:30 PM: Venue Opens
6:15 PM: Live Music By Julio Amaro
7:15 PM: Film Begins
Rain Venue: Rain Venue: The Casino Theatre (10 Freebody Street, Newport); Please note that the Casino Theater is operated by Salve Regina University and in accordance with CDC guidelines, Salve Regina requires indoor mask wearing for anyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status. newportFILM will provide masks at the door for those who might not have one. Also note that though our weekly film screenings are "ticketed" events, the back up rain venues are more limited in capacity than our outdoor venues. Seating at rain venues is not guaranteed and you will be seated on a first come, first served basis. We will also be limiting the theater capacity a bit to provide for safer distancing.
Please Note: While we plan to continue our outdoor season on Thursdays through September 9th, we will be closely monitoring the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Our audience’s safety and well-being remains at the forefront of our decisions. In the event of rain, we will make weekly calls regarding whether we move to an indoor location or provide a link to screen the film virtually. The decision will be based on CDC recommendations, Rhode Island’s transmission rate and guidance from the RI Department of Health, Department of Business Regulations and Governor's Office.
Run time: 85 mins
Director: Corey McLean
Producers: Tyler Dunham, Nicholas Weissman
Havana Libre
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