From The Maneater (The University of Missouri's campus newspaper):
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CAUSA raises awareness with 'East of Havana'
The documentary follows the lives of three rappers in the Cuban slums.
Published April 27, 2009
For some, Cuba is more than their place of birth.
"My country is the air I breathe," said Mikki in the film "East of Havana."
"East of Havana," screened by the Cuban American Undergraduate Students Association, follows the life of three young rappers, Soandry, Magyori and Mikki, who lead the revolutionary hip-hop movement in Cuba. Despite the conditions in the Cuban slum in which they live, Mikki maintains a fierce sense of patriotism.
Many of the rappers initially got into the movement because of the rush and the mental freedom it provides in the stifling atmosphere in a country with heavy censorship. For Soandry, Magyori and Mikki, rapping represents the fight to make things better.CAUSA received the rights to screen the film due to its affiliation with Raíces de Esperanza (Roots of Hope), a network of campus groups united in the fight for a free and democratic Cuba. Student groups affiliated with this organization helped to promote this film when it was first released.