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Closing Night includes the film at 4:30 PM and Reception catered by Black Tie Catering at 6:15 PM. Primo Cubano will play for the Reception. Closing Night is sponsored by Ocean View at Falmouth. 

Directed by Peabody Award winner Lex Gillespie, “The Mamboniks” tells a surprising, little-known story: how two cultures, Jewish and Latin, met on the dance floor at a time when America was racially segregated, and anti-Semitism was commonplace.

Set to the infectious Afro-Cuban sounds of Tito Puente and Celia Cruz, the film traces the mambo’s rise from its birth in Cuba to the peak of its popularity in the neon-splashed New York of the 1950s when a group of free-spirited, most Jewish dancers fell head over heels for this new hot dance and received a nickname:  the Mamboniks.  Still dancing today, this lovable, somewhat zany group of dancers tells the backstory of the trend that was immortalized in the movie Dirty Dancing.


Documentary / Dir: Lex Gillespie / 2018 / USA / 86 min


Washington DC Jewish Film Festival, Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival, Boulder Jewish Film Festival

Festival Calendar


Portland Museum of Art

7 Congress Square,
Portland, ME


Sunday, March 17, 4:30pm


Documentary, Music

Running Time

86 minutes

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