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Prince of Smoke
Directed by
Matthew Gelb

Cuba / 2017 / 24
New York Premiere
In Spanish with subtitles

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SHORTS: Docs 2.

Young Cuban tobacco farmer and cigar maker, Hirochi Robaina, follows in his famous grandfather's footsteps as he fights climate change and torrential rains to bring in the harvest and preserve the 171 year-old family legacy. In his time, Hirochi's grandfather, Alejandro Robaina, grew the largest and most perfect tobacco leaves prized by the legendary cigar brand Cohiba and acclaimed by Fidel himself.

Skipping a generation, Alejandro had anointed Hirochi as his heir before he died. Now without his grandfather at his side, Hirochi has to meet the challenges of a depleted ozone layer and its effect on the crop, as well as battling layers of government bureaucracy. Shot on location in the Cuban tobacco cradle, the verdant province of Pinar del Rio. From the producer of Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Chef's Table.

Matthew Gelb was born in New York City. He is a producer, director and editor, known for the award-winning documentary short film, Prince of Smoke. Gelb is also an established video and virtual reality editor with over ten years of experience cutting for some of the best names in the industry.
Cast/Featuring: Hirochi Robaina
Executive Producer(s): Dania Weinstein
Producer(s): David Gelb
Director(s): Matthew Gelb
Cinematographer(s): Matthew Gelb
Editor(s): Matthew Gelb
Composer(s)/Music: Dylan Shyka
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