SchillerNewTitle7_17.inddIt Happened in Havana:

A Yiddish Love Story 

He didn’t speak Spanish. She didn’t speak English. After 61 years of marriage he was still on his honeymoon.

In Forest Hills, Queens, a couple sits on their living room couch as the husband and wife each recount how they met in Cuba during the start of WWII.

In her cinematic debut, filmmaker Judy Schiller takes the viewer on two journeys: her mother’s, from Poland to Cuba, where she and her family were the only Jews in their town; and her father’s beginning on New York’s Lower East Side, where the street was the playground.

Equal parts romantic tale and history lesson, the film features poignant period footage and priceless home movies. The accompanying soundtrack intertwines Cuban and American music and enhances the couple’s affectionate dialogue.

How did they stay married for the 61 years? See their daughter’s tribute–and find out.