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aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts FestivalWe Like It Like That (Feature Film)

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We Like It Like That (Feature Film)

June 4, 2016 @ 9:00 pm - 10:20 pm


Saturday, June 4 | 9:00pm | AGO, Jackman Hall | 317 Dundas St W | $15 General Admission

Mathew Ramirez Warren
2015 • United States • 77’28” • Documentary
We Like It Like That is a feature-length documentary film about Latin boogaloo, a colorful expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of New York City.
Starring Latin boogaloo legends like Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon and Pete Rodriguez, We Like It Like That explores this lesser-known, but pivotal moment in Latin music history through original interviews, music recordings, live performances, dancing and rare archival footage and images
Borrowing the title of the famous song by Pete Rodriguez, director Mathew Ramirez presents us with the unlikely story of the birth, rise, and apparent death of a sound that redefined a generation hungry for change, a product of New York’s melting pot, straight from the streets of El Barrio, the South Bronx and Brooklyn.
Influenced by the great Cuban composers and musicians that achieved worldwide fame in the 40’s and 50’s and by the explosion of African-American music sensations harboured by the record label Mowtown, a whole generation of Latin-American kids went psychedelic and created what would be the base of Salsa music, the Boogaloo. From its origins to its recent resurgence in popularity, We Like It Like That tells the story of a sound that redefined a generation and was too funky to keep down.
Although it only flourished for a few years during the late ’60s, Latin boogaloo was a fun and funky transitional sound connecting mambo and cha cha cha to salsa. Young Nuyoricans gobbled up boogaloo’s groovy blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms, R&B, pop, and soul. Songs like Ricardo Ray’s coaxing “Lookie, Lookie” and Joe Bataan’s locomotive “Subway Joe” gave Latin dancers a chic new sound all their own. The soundtrack to Mathew Ramirez Warren’s documentary easily, and thrillingly, justifies both boogaloo’s brief heyday and its 21st-century resurgence.
Full Cast: Joe Bataan, Johnny Colon, Pete Rodriguez, Ricardo Ray, Joey Pastrana, Harvey Averne, Larry Harlow, Aurora Flores, Felipe Luciano, Jimmy Sabater, Tito Ramos, Bobby Marin, Benny Bonilla, Orlando Marin, Bobby Sanabria, Eliot Rivera, Nicky Marrero, Sandra Maria Esteves, Henry “Pucho” Brown, The Abakua Afro-Latin Dance Company, Oliver Wang, Bobbito Garcia, DJ Turmix, Alex Masucci and Daisy Rivera.
Recently the film was nominated for a Cinema Tropical Award in the Best U.S. Latino Film category. This documentary not only will fill the gap in your Tropical music history lesson; it will also make you want to dance until the sun comes up!
Let’s Boogaloo!
Get Tickets      ALL FILMS WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES – Regular screenings are restricted to those 18 years  of age or older according to the Ontario  Theatres  Act.  Exceptions Shorts for Shorties.
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June 4, 2016
9:00 pm - 10:20 pm
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aluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival


Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas St. West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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