To the dismay and horror of the communist Castro dictatorship, a feature documentary on the powerful anthem for freedom in Cuba, “Patria y Vida,” is set to be produced.
‘Patria y Vida’ Set to Be Adapted Into Feature Documentary
The Latin Grammy-winning anthem “Patria y Vida” is going to be adapted into a feature-length documentary. The song, which has been used during anti-government protests in Cuba, won Best Urban Song and Song of the Year at the Latin Grammys ceremony on November 18.
In a statement, singers and songwriters Beatriz Luengo and Yotuel Romero said the planned documentary “will explore how the song—its title a repudiation of the 1950’s Cuban Revolution’s slogan ‘Patria o Muerte’—sparked a movement, which the Cuban government has tried to suppress, and investigate how music has been a catalyst for social change throughout modern history.”
Luengo and Romero also said they “feel privileged” to use a song like “Patria y Vida” to tell the story of Cuba and give strength to a community that is oftentimes oppressed. “We’re hopeful we’ll see change in the future and we’re excited to collaborate with Exile to continue to raise awareness and fight for the people of Cuba; to continue to use our voice in a meaningful way,” they said.
“Patria y Vida” was written by Romero, Luengo, Alexander Delgado, Randy Malcom, Descemer Bueno, and features Cuban musicians like Maykel Osorbo and El Funky.
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