SOMOS CUBA – We are Cuba


An intimate insight into the lives of 3 families in a poor neighborhood of Havana, filmed by casual worker Andres over a period of 7 years. A moving tribute to the ingenuity of Havana’s underdogs on the eve of change in Cuba.
A far cry from the familiar picturesque images of Cuba, casual labourer and amateur cameraman Andres recorded everyday life in a working class neighborhood of Havana for a period of 7 years. Filmmaker Annett Ilijew smuggled piles of tapes in and out of Cuba and edited Andres‘ footage into a unique, intimate document that shows the reality of ordinary Cubans on the eve of change. Single father Andres points his small camera at his immediate surroundings: the family of his closest friend; the dissident couple next door that fights for political freedom; and at his own daughter and elderly aunt. We experience up-close how their lives are marked by the daily struggle for the most basic necessities against a backdrop of political indoctrination, the retreat into niche cultures, and the pursuit of small, private moments of happiness.

Feature Documentary / Society
Length 90‘ HD
Film by Annett Ilijew
Co-Production Saxonia Entertainment with WDR, with the support of Babelsberger Medienpreis, Gerd Ruge Stipendium der Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmbüro Bremen, Bremische Landesmedienanstalt, 2015
Original title SOMOS CUBA – Wir sind Kuba

Festivals and awards:
VII Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology, Russian Federation 2017
Ânûû-rû Âboro Film Festival, New Caledonia 2016
Vilnius Documentary Film Festival / VDFF, Lithuania 2016
Festival de Cine Lima, Peru 2016
Dokka Festival Karlsruhe, Germany 2016
achtung berlin, Germany 2016
Stranger Than Fiction, Germany 2016
Festival dei Popoli, Italy 2015
Warsaw Film Festival, Poland 2015
Duisburger Filmwoche, Germany 2015
Kasseler DokFest, Germany 2015