“La Llave, La Clave” is a feature length documentary currently in production. The film chronicles the life and musical experiences of Roberto Borrell, acclaimed Cuban musician, dancer, and teacher. It follows Roberto’s return to Cuba to participate in Carnaval, the event that sparked his life-long passion for music and dance, but that he has not participated in for 30 years.
The filmmakers provide an authentic, inside view of Cuban culture incorporating interviews with and performances by artists who have not only influenced Roberto’s life but also inspired current generations to keep the old traditions alive. Among these are Felix Chappottiín’s grandson, Jesus Chappottiín, and Adonis “El Panter” Calderón.
The viewer shares Roberto’s emotional journey as he untangles the history of the Clave, the rhythmic backbone of Cuban music. The “Llave” (the key) to the Clave unlocks decades of fascinating musical and cultural history from the early days of the slaves dancing in the streets (the Cabildos) to today’s world-wide fascination with Timba.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Producers: Claudia Finkle and Roberto Borrell
Director: Claudia Finkle
Academic consultant: Ivor Miller, Ph.D
Claudia Finkle, ACE