Andy Garcia in ‘MISS ANGELA’ — Trailer Premiere!


DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS: Paul Toogood and Lloyd Stanton
STARRING: Angela Alvarez, Andy Garcia, Carlos Alvarez


In pre-revolutionary Cuba, a young Angela Alvarez announced to her family that she wanted to be a singer and songwriter but was immediately forbidden to do so by her father and grandfather. Such endeavors were not permitted for women. And so she was relegated to writing her songs in secret. She married and had four children before the world turned upside down. For Angela and her family, the revolution quickly shifted from emancipation to repression. The schools were closed and there were threats that children would be removed from their parents to be raised in Leninist-Marxist education camps; the Alvarez family decided they had to get out. But when her own visa was refused at Havana airport Angela made the agonizing decision to send her children on and catch up. They became part of the Pedro Pan exodus where 14,500 unaccompanied children were spirited out of Cuba between 1960-62. It took Angela four more long, frightening years to escape and reunite her family, finally settling down in the United States. Only decades later would her music find life, culminating in a concert at the historic Avalon in Hollywood, hosted by Academy Award winner, Andy Garcia, no less. It’s a stunning example of overcoming adversity, defying the odds, and pursuing the American Dream.

This documentary has a run time of 93 minutes.