October 13 and 14

90 min.


Fri Oct 13 11:30AM | Ace Hotel New Orleans | Members $7 General $10

Sat Oct 14 2:15PM | Cinebarre Canal Place 9 | Member $10 General $13

After his release from a U.S. prison, Cisco hardly expects to be welcomed back into his home in the Dominican Republic with open arms, but life on the island for an ex-convict with no marketable skills is even harder than he’d imagined. Left with no better option, he uses his gifts as a boxer to earn cash in back-alley bloodbuckets. Here he catches the eye of Nichi, an exiled Italian gambler who sees, in making Cisco legit, a chance to pay off the bookies with his share of the prize purse. Mixing bruising match scenes with a hardscrabble view of island life, Sambá’s fighting elegy goes toe-to-toe with the best of the genre. -JK

PRD: Ettore D’Alessandro, Carolina Encarnación; WRI: Ettore D’Alessandro; DP: Andrei Bowden Schwartz; ED: Andrea Kleinman


Community Partner: Prospect New Orleans