Regardless of political affiliation, many of us living in the United States regard Cuba as more concept than country, the last remnant of a bygone war, a frustrating reminder of a futile cultural battle. Unable to control their government, ours imposed an embargo in the early 1960s which has kept this close neighbor all but completely removed from what we consider the 21st century world. The USSR has become Russia, Vietnam is a popular tourist destination, China has become an economic powerhouse, and yet our perception of Cuba remains defined by events from half a century ago.
This video seeks to bypass any political point, and merely illustrate my interest in the daily life of this country which, to be honest, I still have trouble fathoming as a real place. Beyond the decaying buildings, classic cars, and utter lack of any advertising (save for one billboard proclaiming "SOCIALISMO"), there are human beings, specifically young people with no affiliation to Castro, all sharing many of the same feelings and dreams as anyone else in the world. I hope that this simple video can serve to humanize this country which for so long has stood as a representation of evil and past conflict. We may think of Cuba as trapped in time, a lost memory of the revolutionary political turmoil of the 1960s, but today they remain, just ninety miles south, very much alive, very much aware.
The music is by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin from the film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" I use it non-commercially with nothing to offer for compensation other than strongly advising you pay money to see the film and support them.