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Transit Havana / 21st Berlin & Beyond
Pro Arts Gallery
Oakland, CA
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Transit Havana / 21st Berlin & Beyond


Sat., Feb. 4, 2017  5:00 pm
Pro Arts, Oakland

U.S. Premiere

86 mins. Documentary Film. Germany, Netherlands, Cuba (2016). DCP Projection. Spanish, Dutch and English with English subtitles.

Winner of Best Documentary at international LGBTQ film festivals Roze Filmdagen in Amsterdam, MIX CPH in Copenhagen, and Montreal.

Once a year, two plastic surgeons from Holland and Belgium fly to Havana to perform surgery on five Cuban transgender persons. The surgeons are invited by Mariela Castro, daughter of the President and head of the new state program for transgender care. Castro organizes this as a modern completion of the socialist revolution of 1959 because, in her words, it is all about emancipation and self-realization. "Homophobia no, socialismo si!" is the official slogan. The state helps transgender people with therapy, hormones, surgery and a new identity. Is Cuba changing into a safe haven for trans people? For more than one year, filmmakers Daniel Abma and Alex Bakker follow the three main characters Odette, Juani and MalĂș and show how they deal with the reality of being transgender in Cuba. As new heroes of the revolution they still face religious intolerance, discrimination, sexism, poverty and often a life in prostitution. Meanwhile they wait for the foreign surgeons to give them what they want most in life. Are their names among the five on this years surgery list? The documentary features the historic day when presidents Castro and Obama suddenly announce new diplomatic relations, creating great expectations among the main characters. Transit Havana  New Heroes of the Cuban Revolution gives us a unique insight into the paradoxes of Cuba, showing a surprising side of an island in transition.

Director: Daniel Abma
Featuring: Odette, Juani, MalĂș
Writer: Alex Bakker
Cinematography: Johannes Praus
Editor: Jana Dugnus
Producers: Stefan Kloos, Iris Lammertsma
World Sales: Rise And Shine World Sales UG, Berlin

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Pro Arts Gallery (View)
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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