CUBA AFTER CASTRO: VOX POPULI

“Fidelity” is a self-produced documentary, an insight into Cuban society at a significant and critical moment.

On July 31 2006 Fidel Castro passes power to his brother Raul as he undergoes emergency surgery to his intestines. For the first time in nearly fifty years Cubans find themselves confronted with the real possibility of his death - a Cuba without Castro, by know nearly impossible to believe but suddenly imminent.

“Fidelity”| Trailer

“Fidelity”| 10 minutes demo

 

Whilst the international press speculates on the imminent death of Fidel Castro and the Cuban community of Miami is already celebrating his funeral, on the island the condition of his healt is a state secret. But the umbilical cord that ties every Cuban to the Revolution virtually severs itself, giving rise to new energies. The outcome is a portrait of a complicated society, balanced precariously between past and future, revolution and capitalist penetration.

An ex fighter of the Sierra, a television actress, a gigolo, a young ballet dancer, the custodian of a church and many other Cubans give voice to the mood, aspirations and fears of common people. The old warn against the risks of the penetration of Imperialism, whilst the young dream of a freer society, economically efficient and open. A deep-rooted love for Castro and the revolutionary ideals exist side by side with the frustration of many young people who feel imprisoned.

History will give an answer to the questions about the political destiny of the island, but certainly Castro’s Cuba is destined to disappear with its leader, whether good or bad.

The documentary “Fidelity” is a testimonial to this historic moment, told with the words and feelings of the common people.

 

  • Soundtrack by The Monroe Transfer
  • Trailer by Polly Hayward-Françoi.  The song Axel is written by The Replicants (Nicolas François, Cyril Baud, Frederic Pruchon)

 

Read the ‘Open Letter to Fidel Castro’, by Ortensia Visconti, published in ‘Lettere ai politici’ by Fazi Editore, 2007

Watch ‘The Lamentation over Dead Fidel’ and ‘The Last Red’, by Bobo Ivancich De La Torriente