Miss Angela is a riveting documentary directed by Paul Toogood and produced by Lloyd Stanton that tells the story of Angela Alvarez, a singer and songwriter from pre-revolutionary Cuba. When she announced to her family her dreams of becoming a singer, she was forbidden by her father, because such endeavors were not permitted for women at the time. And so she was relegated to writing her songs in secret.
She married and had four children before the world turned upside down. For Angela and her family, the revolution quickly shifted from emancipation to repression. The schools were closed and there were threats that children would be removed from their parents to be raised in Leninist-Marxist education camps; the Alvarez family decided they had to get out. But when her own visa was refused at Havana airport Angela made the agonizing decision to send her children on and catch up.
They became part of the Pedro Pan exodus where 14,500 unaccompanied children were spirited out of Cuba between 1960-62. It took Angela four more long, frightening years to escape and reunite her family, finally settling down in the United States. Only decades later would her music find life, culminating in a concert at the historic Avalon in Hollywood, hosted by Academy Award winner Andy Garcia, no less.
Miss Angela is a stunning example of overcoming adversity, defying the odds, and pursuing the American Dream. Miss Angela will arrive on demand and Digital streamers on May 18. Learn more at www.AngelaAlvarez.com.