A few years ago I went to see the Cuban trovador Pedro Luis Ferrer perform at a local club here in Miami. There had been a bit of back and forth here in the Cuban community because Ferrer lived in Cuba and the lyrics to some of his songs were veiled jabs at both the castro regime and the exile community.
I remember he got up on stage, pulled up a stool and picked up his tres. He then adjusted his microphone and said “Thank you for coming out to hear me tonight. I’m not sure how you all heard about my music, they don’t allow it to be played on the island and they don’t play it here in exile.”
In Cuba his music was subversive and in Miami he was a pawn of fidel castro. Why else would he be allowed to play outside of Cuba?
I think the same reasoning applies to the Monte Rouge video to some extent. Here we have a production – a pretty good one at that, considering – made in Cuba that criticizes castro’s G2 State Security. It’s a subtle criticism, really, but a criticism nonetheless.
Some Cubans here in Miami believe Monte Rouge to be yet another ploy by Cuba’s dictator. Some kind of political tactic to garner brownie points on the world stage. Why else would this video be allowed to be produced? Why hasn’t anything happened to those involved? Why was it so easy to get outside the island? Why is it that the BBC reported on it so quickly? “castro,” I was told,”is using it to engratiate himself with the EU. Showing the world that he does in fact allow dissent in Cuba.”
It’s a stretch, of course. But, after forty-some-odd years of fidel’s political machinations, you never know.
One thing is for sure though. Cuban G2 agents aren’t as nice as they are depicted in the video. They dont politely knock on your door and sip caf? cubano with you. They don’t ask you where you want microphones installed. And they dont treat you with kid gloves. The State Security agents in Cuba can only be likened to the KGB or the Stazi. Not nice people. Very no nonsense and very brutal.
So, by posting this video here am I actually helping fidel castro with his plot to garner kudos from the world? Am I now an accomplice? Perhaps.
But there is one minor thing in this video that strikes me. Something that tells me I am doing the right thing.
During the final credits of the film – at the very end actually – there are the Agradacimientos, the “Special Thanks To” that run in every movie. The names of those that helped with the film are displayed there. Then, right after that, there’s another category. The “Desagradacimientos”, a “No Special Thanks To” category. Under it there’s this statement:
A los que no se atrevieron. “Those who didnt dare.”
If you live constantly gagged and your voice is always forcibly muted, when allowed even the slightest peep, you take it and hope someone hears you. Even if it’s only a whisper.
So, without further ado, directly from the island of Cuba, here’s the short film Monte Rouge:
(The video is 15 minutes long, so please be patient as it will be a long download.)
Update: Ive removed the video post as I have exceeded my bandwidth limit and then some. I am still working on adding subtitles and will repost it once they are complete. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Ill let you know where the video will be available for download through another site.
UPDATE: The video is now available for download here.