The secret recipe of the Cuban cook Rafaela in New York is chicken with coke. From his mobile shop, her son sells her dishes to factory workers. He dreams of owning a restaurant with a dance floor that is larger than that of `La Esquina Habanera'. Every Sunday night, in this restaurant in New Jersey, the rumba is danced, the most sensual Cuban dance. Heddy Honigmann filmed the dance, the restaurant and its patrons, including the voluptuous Rafaela, the handsome Pedro who once earned a living as a gigolo, and the agile dancing teacher who has recovered from cancer. Honigmann portrays them in her characteristic intimate style and affectionately sketches how these exiles manage to survive in the overblown world of the US - drawing from their everlasting love for rhythm, for life, and especially for the rousing rumba.

Credits

Executive producer
Set geluid
Production company
Pieter van Huystee Film & TV
VOF Appel & Honigmann
TV company
VPRO TV
Distributor NL
Idéale Audience Int.

Title: Dame la mano
Year: 2003
Duration : 2 hours
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2004

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Geluid (2004)
Piotr van Dijk

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