Documentaries shine light on the underside of Cuba

Monday, March 5, 2007


HAVANA (AP) — The man on the screen weeps as talks about going jobless in Havana, simply because he’s an outsider from Cuba’s distant east. “The children are screaming for something to eat and I don’t know what to do!” he cries, his voice reverberating through the crowded theater.

The real-life drama is part of a 21-minute documentary called “Buscandote Havana” — “Looking for You, Havana.” Its inclusion among more than two dozen short films screened late last month in an officially sanctioned film festival has raised hopes that Cuba is becoming more open to criticism of its harsher social realities.

“When there are so many of us expressing something, that’s something; something is happening,” said Alina Rodriguez, the 22-year-old maker of “Buscandote Havana.”

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