Viva Cinema: The Forbidden Shore

Online Program

Streams Daily November 9 – 13, 2020
Q&A November 12, 2020 at 7:30pm

Enjoy access to a virtual film screening of Ron Chapman's 2016 documentary, The Forbidden Shore. Connect with the Bullock Museum and Cine Las Americas for a LIVE conversation about Chapman's film on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.


Purchase of a virtual screening ticket will give you access to view the film for 72 hours between November 9 - 13. After you've watched the film, enjoy free access to a LIVE conversation with the director on Thursday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. 

The Forbidden Shore explores the myriad forms of contemporary music being played in Cuba, through the extraordinary and unlimited access filmmaker Ron Chapman has had to the streets, the people, the musicians, and the stories of contemporary Cuba.

Event Details

Nowhere else has there been such an inextricable relationship between political realities and the unquenchable desire for Cuban artists to express their music and voice freely. The tension between austerity and creativity, and between the rhythms of day-to-day Cuban life and the undeniable rhythms of blended cultural influences are evident in every frame. Through concert and street performances, and revealing interviews with musicians, artists and everyday Cuban citizens, you’ll get a view of how spirited life is like on these shores. A stunning chronicle of the lives, loves, stories, and dreams of the people shrouded from the view of nearby shores.

This ticketed virtual screening is part of the Viva Cinema Film Series. Viva Cinema celebrates the modern cinema of Mexico and beyond. The Museum is proud to highlight acclaimed films co-presented with Cine Las Americas that feature the rich tradition of Spanish-language and Hispanic-heritage movie-making. Films in the Viva Cinema Series are presented in the original language, with English subtitles if the film is not in English. This screening will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

This season, selections are focused on highlighting the richness of the African Diaspora experience in Latin America. As we have experienced in the U.S., conversations about race are necessarily complex, affecting individuals, families, neighborhoods, and ultimately the nation. Through this series, we invite exploration of the intersections of Latinx and African-origin identities within and across the borders of the Americas.

On Thursday, November 12, Dr. Jean Ann Lauer, Program Advisor to Cine Las Americas, will guest moderate a conversation with Ron Chapman, director of The Forbidden Shore.

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Film Credits

Rating: NR
Suggested age: 13+
Director: Ron Chapman
Runtime: 96 min
Genre: Documentary, music
Release Year: 2016

About the Director

Director and producer Ron Chapman is an internationally award-winning Toronto-based filmmaker. His feature documentaries have garnered acclaim worldwide and have aired on major networks and platforms. They include: Who the F**k is Arthur Fogel, featuring Lady Gaga, U2, The Police, Madonna, Rush, and key music industry insiders; The Poet of Havana, with Carlos Varela, Benicio Del Toro, Jackson Browne; and The Forbidden Shore, an in-depth exploration of Cuban music featuring more than 40 of Cuba’s top artists. Chapman’s latest concert film, Carlos Varela Live in Havana, which premiered February 2020 in Berlin, is set for release December 1st, 2020.

Ron is currently finishing two feature documentaries for release in 2021. From Earth to Sky follows Canada’s first indigenous architect, Douglas Cardinal as he leads a group of Indigenous architects from Turtle Island to the Venice Architecture Biennale, as well as traveling throughout their home continent filming these architects and their work, examining what is unique about indigenous architects and their process. Shelter explores the creation of the Affordable Rental Apartment buildings model by a group of Jewish immigrants to Toronto in the 1950s, and how this contributed to the city doubling in size, embracing immigration, and how the successful integration of immigrants into society contributed to Toronto becoming one of the most successfully multi-cultural cities in the world. Ron is currently beginning production on his next music documentary, The Concert That Broke Up the Beatles. 

Ron Chapman’s creative entrepreneurship began in the music industry where he worked as a musician, an artist’s manager, record producer, club owner, and concert promoter. He went on to form his own film production company and advertising agency where he produced and directed commercials for international brands. Chapman’s album of original songs As Worlds Collide is on Current Records with a new single and video Turn Away.

About the Moderator

Dr. Jean Anne Lauer has promoted the development and exhibition of Latinx, Iberoamerican, and Indigenous film and media since 2004. She first discovered her passion for the field when working with the International Pitching Market at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico, 2004 through 2013). Since then, Jean has also worked with Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (Austin, TX, 2008 to present), and with Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, 2013 to present). Currently, she is Program Advisor to Cine Las Americas; Shorts Film Programmer at Fantastic Fest; and a Professor at Austin Community College in Humanities and Radio-Television-Film. Along with building a professional résumé and working with filmmakers in the US and abroad, Jean holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (Radio-Television-Film) with a focus on the Mexican Film Industry.

About Cine Las Americas

Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural, 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. Specializing in Latinx and Indigenous film and video, Cine Las Americas promotes cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. The Cine Las Americas International Film Festival will celebrate its 23rd edition in 2021, and the organization also hosts film screenings regularly throughout the year. For more info visit

Please note: Purchase of a virtual screening ticket will give you access to view the film for 72 hours between November 9 – 13.

You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required.

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

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