JUDY KREITH Co-Director, Writer
Judy Kreith is a professional dance educator and choreographer. She received her MA Degree from Stanford University. Her mother, Marion Finkels Kreith, is the key inspiration for this film. Judy has extensively studied Cuban dance and while in Cuba, began research into the Jewish refugees’ diamond polishing industry that flourished in Havana during the Second World War, working on-site with Cuban historians. Judy contributes her extensive research and knowledge, along with her personal connection and passion for this project and its potential impact. She has spoken on this topic to many groups, including a recent conference at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
ROBIN TRUESDALE Co-Director, Editor
Robin Truesdale is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of Two Hands Films. She has directed, produced, and edited films that have screened at festivals and conferences worldwide, including A Beautiful Equation: Einstein, Bohr and Grandmothers, a 2015 Platinum Remi Award winner. Robin began her career as a news editor for a Denver television station. After years of constructing news and educational stories through video, she was introduced to documentary film’s powerful potential to communicate deeper stories about people, cultures, and issues of the times. Her work deals primarily with social justice, cultural, and humanitarian issues. Robin received her MS Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado.
VINCE CHERICO Music Supervisor
Vince Cherico is a drummer for many top worldwide performers, including Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gato Barbieri, Paquito D’Rivera and Ray Barretto. Vince is a 4-time Grammy Award winner and has toured extensively in Cuba over the past 5 years, performing and recording with a variety of Cuban musicians. Early in his career, he studied Afro-Cuban music and drumming with Roberto Borrell, “Little” Ray Romero and Joe Santiago. Vince joins this project with his wide-ranging experience in Cuban music along with a deep empathy for the subject matter of this film.