Great Day in Havana

Rated NR 83 minutes 2001

The best, the truest landscape of a city is the human landscape. What began as days of filmmakers' excursions became years of discovery. Havana painters, sculptors, filmmakers, poets, dancers share their worlds in this documentary, baring the artistic, the spiritual soul of old and new Havana. It is not the view from Miami. The artists proudly display their city, the crumbling buildings contrasting with the vibrant people and their art. Painter/graphic artist Israel del Monte relates how he left Cuba and returned to see his city as if for the first time, saw that it is beautiful. Others speak of the burdens caused by world and US politics of the last 12 years-in Cuba, where all gestures are political, it is close to impossible to avoid politics. Interweaving stills and videotape shot over eight years with interviews and music of salsa performers, filmmakers Schag and Stoll have created a love song to the Havana people and the barrios of their city.

Film Credits

Director: Laurie Ann Schag and Casey Stoll

Producer: Laurie Ann Schag and Casey Stoll

Cast: Yareli Arizmendi, Tania Bruguera, Israel del Monte, Pedro 'Pulido' Gonzalez and Eloy Machado

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