Miami artist Jayme Gershen is having her moment. After five years of hard work, she completed her first feature documentary, Birthright, just in time for its premiere as the closing film at Miami Dade College’s 38th-annual Miami Film Festival (MFF) next month. The film follows local electro-pop act Afrobeta as the duo embarks on a journey to perform in Cuba, the homeland of members Cuci Amador’s and Tony Smurphio’s parents.
Gershen met the pair while hosting a concert series. When the musicians mentioned their plans to play in Cuba, Gershen asked to film the process. The result is a thoughtful documentary that explores the complexities of Cuban-American perceptions of home.