April 22nd, 2018
The Queen Theater
Ghost Town to Havana is a heartbreaking, funny, and inspirational story about mentorship, life, love, murder, kids and baseball in Oakland and Havana today.
This heartbreaking, funny, and inspirational story is about mentorship, life, love, kids, baseball, and everyday heroism in Oakland and Havana today. Two extraordinary youth baseball coaches: a 61-year-old Afro-Cuban, who coaches in a Havana neighborhood that is rich in community but struggling desperately economically, and a 46-year-old African-American man who coaches in a troubled Oakland neighborhood wracked by three decades of gang violence. The filmmaker introduces the coaches and the Oakland coach vows he will take his players to Cuba to play the Havana team one day. Two years of US/Cuba sanctions and red tape later, he and nine players fly to Havana. For the next week, the boys and coaches eat, dance, swim, argue, tease, and play baseball together. The street-smart Ghost Town boys gradually warm to the fun-loving friendship of their Afro-Cuban hosts. Real friendships form and then a fateful phone call reveals a tragedy that has taken place back home on an Oakland street.