BYE BYE HAVANA
58 min., English/Spanish (opt. subtitles)
Nothing has changed. For all Havana's crumbling structures and piles of rubble,
its disintegrating roads and toxin-belching jalopies, its plethora of armed policemen
and sun-bleached billboards espousing their pat, revolutionary slogans, it attracts
over a million pink-skinned, camera-toting, snack-munching mojito-swilling tourists each year.
Cuba stands pummeled by an unworkable socialism and a voracious
consumer appetite. What began some 50 years ago seems spent,
"patriotism or death" are simply not enough. Cubans want other choices,
other points of view, and they can't wait any longer.
Bye Bye Havana is 90 miles from being political. This fast-paced stream of
conscienceness documentary presents a unique flavor of irony, carried by an eclectic
soundtrack featuring Latin Grammy Nominee X Alfonso, hip hop by Free Hole Negro,
pianist Roberto Carcasses and jazz poet Telmary.
Filmmaker J. Michael Seyfert, a constant commuter between journalism and
the creative arts, is leaving behind the limitations of entertainment in
favor of a more substantial task: to meaningfully and directly affect the
plight of his subjects through his work.
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