Mudanza

Daniel Kvitko
Cuba, 12 min

Their house very nearly collapses, but the elderly Cuban couple remain calm and set about building a new one with the help of their neighbours. When young evangelical missionaries come to visit, the wife assures them that she only believes in the God who has reigned since 1959. An amusing metaphor for Cuban society in the midst of transformation.

The modest house belonging to Bella and Abelardo has partly collapsed, but the elderly Cuban couple remain calm and collected and rebuild with the help of their neighbours. Only the framed pictures of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara must be protected so that the vibrations from all the hammering on the construction site do not make them fall down. The couple have scarcely settled in again when two young evangelical missionaries join them at their table. Patiently but firmly, Bella assures them that the only gods she believes in are those of the revolution of 1959, who have given her life dignity. Abelardo sits quietly among the group, a little worried about the length of the psalm that the Christian missionary intends to read to them. The Argentinian film student Daniel Kvitko, who is presently studying in Cuba, turns a tender, humorous eye on the revolutionary couple. In just twelve minutes, Kvitko succeeds with Mudanza in producing a metaphor for Cuban society in the midst of transformation as well as the immutability of ideology and faith.

Jenny Billeter

Translation BMP Translations

Duration
12 min
Year
2011
Country
Cuba
Section
Premiers Pas
Language
Spanish
Subtitle
English
Production
Pablo García Barbán

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