Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Film Screening: Santa y Andrés

April 11th, 2018
5PM

Location
Greenleaf Conference Room (100A Jones Hall)

Film Screening of Santa y Andrés, directed by Carlos Lechuga

A world away from bustling Havana, Santa y Andrés is set in the rolling hills of Cuba’s easternmost province, Oriente, in 1983. Santa is a 30-year-old rural worker of a state farm and a loyal party member. Andrés is a 50-year-old homosexual writer who, according to the government, has “ideological problems.” As was then customary, whenever a political event was scheduled in the area someone was sent to keep an eye on the “disaffected” and prevent any acts of public opposition. This time the task of monitoring Andrés falls to Santa. For three consecutive days, Santa sits at the entrance to Andrés’s cabin to supervise his movements. Their improbable friendship blossoms over the course of these three pivotal days, as they learn they are not as different from one another as their political loyalties would suggest. As the New York Times noted, Carlos Lechuga’s second film (his debut feature film was Melaza in 2012) “begins as a film about separation and pain but becomes a movie about reconciliation and healing.”

Checkout a trailer for the film here.

This event is sponsored by the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute and is open to the public.

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