By: Austin Winter-Chase
“Most meaningful undertakings are personal. My goal is to tell the story of salsa in such a way that it reaches beyond the dance world. The aspirations of Victor and Katia are just as much my aspirations. They want to reach the top and show to the world what they can do on a dance floor. In making this film I want to show that world to as many people as possible. The particular details of Billy or Albert’s life struggles are unique to them, but they are at some level a more acute expression of the meaning of struggle.” Director Edwin Gailits,
What would you do to achieve your dreams? What if you saw that everything was against you would you quit or with you continue? These are the questions along with interpersonal struggles the film “Cold Nights Hot Salsa” deals with. It is a poignant yet at times heartbreaking story of determination, love, and perseverance. Told through the eyes of rhythm and dance, when passion and love is involved there’s no telling where it can take you.
“Cold Nights Hot Salsa” takes you inside the international dance world of Victor and Katia, aspiring young salsa dancers from Montreal, who seek to win a World Salsa Championship. During their three-year quest Victor and Katia draw upon the talents of Eddie Torres, Tito & Tamara, Billy Fajardo, and Katie Marlow. Central figures in the salsa dance world, these mentors put their passion and professional dance skills before you and reveal what it takes to perform and compete at the highest level. Victor and Katia’s story is a love story. It’s the story of their love to dance and of how being a couple enhances and also complicates their life together and dance ambitions. After winning the Canadian Salsa Championship, we watch as they first compete in the 3rd World Salsa Championship. They return home to Montreal to work on taking their dance skills to a higher level. After months of preparation, including working with a number of key mentors, they put their dreams on the line and travel to Florida to compete in the 4th World Salsa Championship. Along with Victor and Katia’s story, the film explores some of the social and historical roots of salsa, as told through Eddie Torres, Billy Fajardo, Tito Ortos, and Edson Vallon. Experience the beauty and excitement of competitive dance, the compelling force of world leaders in salsa, and the romantic charm of two young dancers who want to make their mark on the Latin dance world.
This is a beautifully well done documentary and is a must see for anyone who believes in achieving their inter most dreams. Director Edwin Gailits has achieved a superb job in showcasing this beautiful and moving story of of two young dreamers and the struggles that they face.
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Cold Nights Hot Salsa 61 min
Director: Edwin Gailits
Writer: Edwin Gailits