UK Premiere/ Rebelión

Directed by José Luis Rugeles Gracia

Packed with fantastically exuberant music, this is a stylish biopic about the late Colombian musician Joe Arroyo (1955 2011); tormented genius and indisputable superstar of the 1980s salsa revival.

‘El Joe’ fizzes with passion and talent as he celebrates Mother Africa for his musical inspiration; we see his legendary melodies born from his obsessive cassette recording techniques, and his band driven to distraction in an endless practice session. But he also has a self-destructive streak that ruins his relationships and gradually destroys his body – his drug addiction and deteriorating health are reflected in the film’s claustrophobic, non-chronological structure, in which scenes woozily slip across time and place throughout his stellar career. A psychedelic journey into the darkest corners of a creative genius. 


Before the screening on Fri 19 Apr there will be a free salsa performance in the ground floor bar, 19:30-20:30.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the spectacle and audience participation is encouraged! With thanks to staff from the Instituto Cervantes in Manchester.


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104 minutes

Translated title:


Full English

Country of origin:
Argentina, Colombia and USA

Year of production:

This screening has no adverts or trailers and starts at the advertised time

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