Archive of films Madre Cuba / Madre Cuba

2004, 95 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2004

A meditative stream of images shot on the streets of Havana intermingles with the poetry of José Martí. The film depicts 24 hours in the life of young woman, her face contorted in sorrow over the permanent loss of her son. A record of sorrow and apathy. 


This documentary investigates the state of one stratum of Cuban society. At any moment, the most insignificant event in the everyday lives of Havana’s urchin children can change into a painful and insurmountable obstacle. In this partially dramatized documentary (shot illegally in “Cuba Libre”), we enter the world of a 30-year-old photographer for 24 hours. A mother, she is forced to experience intense pain every moment of the day due to the permanent loss of her son. The heroine’s lacerating loneliness is exacerbated by the sadness, apathy and emptiness of the reality of Cuban life. The meditative stream of images intermingles with excerpts from the work of legendary Cuban poet José Martí.

About the director

Salomón Shang (b. 1976, Barcelona) studied direction, editing and acting at Centre d´Estudis Cinematografics de Catalunya. In 1997 he shot his first short film, Te Quiero, pero no mucho. Two years later he realized his first feature, Después de la Luz. In 2000, he and J. L. García founded Producciones Kaplan, the production company where Shang completed his second feature, Metropolitan, screened at the festivals in Moscow and Berlin, among others. At present he is working on a new project, El Viaje de la Luz


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Salomón Shang
Screenplay: Salomón Shang
Dir. of Photography: Santiago Yanes
Music: Markland’s Tune
Editor: Patricia Roda
Producer: Josep Luis García, Alberto del Val
Production: Producciones Kaplan
Cast: Cirenaica Moreira
Contact: Indisa, Producciones Kaplan


Salomón Shang

Alberto Del Val

Jose Lius García


Carme Ponte


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