Kevin McSorley

Ireland/Cuba, Documentary, 2010
10 min, HDV/MiniDV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles


In Cuba, women have traditionally been prohibited from playing the Bata drums due to religious and cultural taboos. In this documentary, female drummer Aleida Sucarrat Torres talks about her experience playing the Bata drums while the “Chinitos,” a family of Bata drum players and makers, share their insights on the traditions and history of this sacred musical instrument.


World Premiere

Kevin McSorley is a journalist and has been a researcher and producer in the television industry in Northern Ireland for seven years. He received his MA in Documentary Practice at the University of Ulster in 2008 and was awarded a bursary from One World Media to travel to Cuba to make his short film CuBata in 2009.


Producer: Kevin McSorley
Cinematographer: Kevin McSorley
Editor: Kevin McSorley
Sound Design: Kevin McSorley
Music: Piri López Chinito
Cast: Pedro López Chinito, Elián López Chinito, Piri López Chinito, Aleida Sucarrat Torres, Odelkis Torres



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