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This documentary tells the epic story of a Cuban family of seven- all generations mixed- who arrives in Spain on a diplomatic agreement and finds itself living in the streets, in the heart of Madrid. Amidst the tourists and passengers they build a makeshift camp in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and demand that the lodging and work stipulated in the agreement are given to them. The film follows the fragile unsheltered everyday life of this family for five months. In a relationship of trust and closeness, it shows the brutal confrontation with the realities of the Western capitalist system they all dreamt of, the displacement they undergo, far from the social and cultural references they knew until now.
The film also shows the laziness and irresponsibility of the authorities that don’t want to hear their demands during eight months, but also the underlying tensions of living together in such difficult conditions, their sometimes stubborn and awkward opinions, their political naiveté as well as their awareness of the responsibility they need to take in these events.
It is also the story of a family's determination that remains united and dignified in the face of adversity, of the importance of each family member in the group, and especially, the obstinacy of the mother, Sabina, who orchestrates this microcosm with courage and authority, managing to keep a human and maternal environment even though all the references are gone.
Between July 2010 and April 2011, about one hundred Cuban political prisoners arrived in Spain after an agreement signed by both countries. This agreement provided for the liberation of those prisoners in exchange of their immediate deportation to Spain with their families. Upon their arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, not all of the promises stated in the agreement could be kept. Indeed, Spain’s open immigration policies were severely affected by the economic crisis.
MY RELATIONSHIP TO THE PROJECT
Being Cuban myself and having lived in Switzerland for the last 10 years, I can identify with the immigrant's condition and I pay a particular attention to the integration and adaptation processes of immigrants in general. I found the specific situation of these immigrants opposing the regime and finding themselves confronted to a «capitalist world» new to them especially interesting.
We need your help!
During five months, we followed very closely the everyday life of the Martins and collected 80 hours of rushes that witness this unusual experience. In order for the project to continue, we need financial support for the editing phase, which is crucial to the process of creation. This phase will last 3 – 4 months and that’s were the film will be constructed. Unfortunately without this support, the documentary won’t be able to be made and this story won’t be able to be shared.