Wednesday evening, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival presented Leon Ichaso's Paraíso, a brilliant stunning film shot with a crew of only ten for the astounding low budget of $30,000. It's a provocative Cuban exile drama framed around the story of Ivan, newly arrived by raft and his adjustment to life in Miami's exile community. Always controversial, Ichaso's Ivan has a dark side, caused by years of hustling to survive in Cuba's inhumane, repressive society, the film is brutally unsparing in its portrait of the Revolution's "New Man." Highly recommended.
Here's the trailer: