La Sagrada de Cuba
/ the Untouchables
CU/GER 2014, 60min, HD 5.1
"La Sagrada de Cuba" tells by means of found stories in stunning images about the simple, beautiful, but rough life of Cuban cowherds. Through the history of the cattle, the film draws the big picture of the islands politics from the revolution until today.
"The cow is the symbol of our country," tell us Luis, the shepherd; Anyone who slaughters a cow in Cuba can get up to 30 years in prison. This obsolete law from the times of Castro's revolution is one of the reasons for many questionable conditions on the island. Over the course of one hour, we follow in strong, atmospheric images the rural, seemingly romantic life of the shepherds and their animals with the most important political significance. Through the iconic meaning of the cow, the film draws the picture of a country at complete standstill. We learn about „cow mafias“, the black market meat, about thieves and lovers. About the carnivorous tourists, and sleepless shepherds between hope and resignation. This, poetically weaved together into a portrait of man and nature.
The film was realised during my one-year internship at the EICTV, Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión, Cuba. It was shown on numerous filmfestivals and exhibited in a 3-month Blue-Box Installation at the Sprengel Museum Hannover, before being broadcasted at the 3sat TV station / documentary section in 2014.