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Life Lessons at the Lula Lounge

Life Lessons at the Lula Lounge

| 11 min

This short documentary is about a young Cuban band that has recently moved to Canada. The members spend their days learning English and their nights playing and rehearsing their own blend of Cuban salsa music in clubs. The film follows the musicians, capturing their constant discussions about the political situation at home and the problems of citizen engagement in both communist Cuba and democratic Canada.

  • writer
    Kyle Stone
  • director
    Kyle Stone
  • producer
    Peter Starr
  • editor
    Bruce Griffin
  • director of photography
    Michael Grippo
  • sound recordist
    Ian Challis
  • original music
  • production supervisor
    Kemp Archibald
  • production/post-coordinator
    Jeff Sterne
  • production coordinator apprentice
    Allan Tong
  • production assistant
    Garth Archibald
  • line producer
    Douglas MacFarlane
  • senior production administration assistant
    Joanne Forrest
  • product manager
    Sue Mander
  • digital edit technician
    Mark Wilson
  • technical intern
    Dan Thornhill
  • assistant editor
    Catherine Scott
  • audio post facility
    Kitchen Sync Digital Audio
  • supervising sound editor
    Russell Walker
  • sound editor
    Bruce Fleming
  • re-recording mixer
    Kevin Tokar
  • on-line services
  • online editor
    Dan Johnston
  • colourist
    Dan Johnston
  • production stills photographer
    Jag Photography
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian


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Ages 14 to 17

Arts Education - Music
Diversity - Diversity in Communities
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World

Have students investigate the political system in Cuba. As a research project, have students describe living conditions in Cuba before and after Fidel Castro's revolution. Have students compare and contrast their lives to that of the average Cuban citizen in a personal essay.

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