PastPort: Cuba/ The search for Nicolita

Wednesday, Sept. 12 @ 7:00pm
Harn Museum of Art – Chandler Auditorium

USA, 2010 (54 min)
English/Spanish w/English subtitles
Executive Producer: Nicole Di Rocco
Introduction by: Nicole Di Rocco
Sponsored by:UF Institute of Hispanic/Latino Cultures (La Casita), UF Center for Latin American Studies, Nuvo TV, Dr. Lillian Guerra and NICOLITA

Pastport Cuba follows swimwear designer Nicole Di Rocco as she embarks on a journey to reconnect with her culture in a home left behind. Watch as this Cuban American trendsetter gets the opportunity of a lifetime—to travel with her parents to Cuba, a country they left almost 50 years ago. The Search for Nicolita captures her quest to find a model to represent her Cuba-inspired line, but the real discovery comes from a place she’s never been. PastPort: Cuba unveils the mystery behind a country often misunderstood, and bridges the gap between family that left and those that stayed. The events that unfold are life changing.


Festival Guest Director/ Nicole Di Rocco

NICOLITA’S designer, Nicole Di Rocco, established NICOLITA Swimwear in 2003. For the last seven seasons, Di Rocco’s designs and creative direction has built her brand by focusing on conservative sexy and curve conscious styles. Drawing inspirations from her family’s cultural Cuban roots, Nicole Di Rocco continues to create each bikini collection that is reminiscent of Cuba’s alluring 1940’s era. By blending vintage glamour with modern day silhouettes, NICOLITA has set itself apart in the swimwear industry. NICOLITA’S signature fit of ‘Cuban-style bottoms’ was designed for the curvaceous Latina figure. “’Cuban-style bottoms’ are designed with more coverage on the hips, a heart-shaped backside and ‘no-pinch’ fit elastic,” said Di Rocco. These designs and unique branding attracts a broad range of fans and celebrities worldwide.

Di Rocco’s talent and passion has led to multiple magazine articles and television appearances, showcasing her capacity for design and her business drive. “The Cuban-American beauty has combined her business and marketing savvy with her own Latina sense of style to launch one of the trendiest swimsuit lines in the country,” The Entrepreneurial Spirit Comes in a Bikini, Latin Star Magazine, July 2007. Di Rocco finished her degree program at USC’s prestigious Marshall School of Business with a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

In 2009, Di Rocco was able to fulfill her personal and professional dream of traveling to her parent’s homeland of Cuba for an incredible on-location photo shoot. In addition to the photo shoot, SiTv, America’s leading cable network for Latinos, filmed the incredible journey of reuniting her parents with their homeland and family after 49 years.

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