Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Documentary unravels Ybor cigar history

Ybor City's cigar industry origins are the subject of A Legacy of Smoke, a documentary short making its Tampa premiere 4 p.m. Sunday at the appropriately historic Tampa Theatre. This one-time-only screening is sponsored by El Centro Español de Tampa, billed as Tampa's oldest ethnic social club, incorporated in 1891. A Legacy of Smoke chronicles the saga of Spanish immigration in the 20th century to Ybor City and West Tampa through interviews, re-enacted vignettes and archival footage and photographs. The 45-minute documentary was co-produced and co-directed by New York University's James Fernandez, professor of Spanish literature and culture, and Spanish author and filmmaker Luis Argeo; both will conduct a Q&A session after the screening. Before the show, enjoy a short concert on the venue's Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, and introductory comments by Fernandez and Argeo. Tickets are $12, available at the box office and tampatheatre.org. Visit legacyofsmoke.org for information about the documentary. — Steve Persall, Times movie critic

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