Your Weekend Plans Now Include Donald Glover and Rihanna's Guava Island

If you and your crocheted nipple tassels are not heading to Coachella this weekend, you can still catch Donald Glover and Rihanna’s top-secret “tropical thriller” Guava Island from the comfort of your darkened apartment.

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Glover confirmed the movie will premiere on Amazon Prime (for free) at precisely 12:01 a.m. PT, where it will be available for 18 hours. It will also stream on Twitch at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday; the same time it will be on Coachella’s YouTube channel.

Shot mostly in Havana, Cuba, the film was written by Glover’s brother, Stephen, and directed by regular Glover collaborator Hiro Murai. Its description reads: “On Guava Island, a local musician is determined to throw a festival for everyone to enjoy.” Vanity Fair reported that it was inspired by City of God and Purple Rain. Nonso Anozie and Black Panther’s Letitia Wright are in it as well.

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Otherwise, not much is known about the film, beyond this very tiny teaser trailer. Even Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, wasn’t totally sure what she was signing up for when she committed to distributing the film based on a four-minute sizzle reel.

“I would have committed to Donald sight unseen.” she said previously. “I knew whatever he wanted to amplify would have relevance and be entertaining. He has that ability to create cultural moments and spread a message that’s interesting.”

She’s got a point. After all, it’s Glover and Rihanna, bashing around Havana! See you jerks online on Sunday.

Night blogger at Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

I like Glover, but I don’t know how I feel about a movie shot in Cuba called “Guava Island”—is it a fictional stand-in island for Cuba? Does it take place in Cuba and somehow it didn’t occur to them to call it ‘Guayaba Island’? Is anyone involved in the production of the movie of Cuban descent?

I’m not going to lose my shit because I don’t know what the deal is, and seemingly no one does; but I’m not giving Glover a ‘view’ without knowing the extent to which the island, its people, and Cuban tradition are being exploited. I would like to believe that someone who is clearly as thoughtful as Glover did whatever he did with due consideration for the fact that Cuba remains something of a prison, inasmuch as people still cannot simply leave if they want; and the fact that journalists, and peaceful protestors are still regularly imprisoned and/or brutalized by the authorities as a matter of course (to say nothing of the rest of the human rights abuses that American and European tourists are comfortable insulated from seeing from the lap of luxury in the islands various resorts and hotels).