TRANSIT HAVANNA – Neue Helden der kubanischen Revolution


Once a year, two plastic surgeons from Holland and Belgium pack bandages, prostheses and dildos in a suitcase and fly to Havana. They are world famous in their field: genital surgery for transgender people. Seven Cuban patients are waiting for them. Dozens of others have to wait until next year. The surgeons are invited by Mariela Castro, daughter of the president and head of the state program for transgender care. She recently started a full treatment plan for Cuban transgenders, including counseling, hormones and operations, paid for by the state. Cuba promotes this program as part of the idea of the great socialist revolution: emancipation and self-realization. But do the people of Cuba also see it this way?
The film shows three main characters who have to deal with the true reality of being transgender on this island. Their stories reflect key aspects: the opposition from the catholic church, the influence of the Latin-American machismo culture and the structures of the socialist state system.

CAST
Malu Caño Valladeres
Odette Diógenes Domínquez Rodríquez
Juany Santos Peréz
Mariela Castro Espín
Stan Monstrey
Marlon Buncamper
CREW
Director: Daniel Abma
Script: Alex Bakker
Camera: Johannes Praus
Editor: Jana Dugnus
Sound: Alexandra Praet
Producer: Iris Lammertsma, Boudewijn Koole, Stefan Kloos
Line Producer: Nazima Mintjes, Veronika Janatková
Music: Alex Simu
Sound Design: Jeroen Goeijers, Alenadra Praet
Graphic: Barbara Pilipp
Producing Assistant: Cathrin Goebel
Production: Witfilm, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH Berlin
Co-production: Filmuniversität KONRAD WOLF Babelsberg, RBB/ARTE, BNN-VARA
Supported by: Netherlands Film Fund, Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA), DFFF Deutscher Film- und Fernsehfond, CoBO
Commissioning Editor: Sjoerd Van Den Broek (BNN), Dagmar Mielke (RBB/ARTE), Jens Stubenrauch (RBB)

“Abma impressively weaves these stories together with images and moments that document how difficult it is for his subjects to live in Socialist Cuba at this point in history.” theplaylist.net
“Remarkably honest” Screen Daily
“A significant, entertaining, and beautifully crafted documentary.” Cinemagazin
“It is powerful. Daniel Abma shows a reflection of reality.” NWTV.nl

INFO

Documentary, Netherlands/ Germany 2016 (90 min./52 min.)
Director: Daniel Abma
Script: Alex Bakker
Production:Witfilm, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH Berlin
Co-production: Filmuniversität KONRAD WOLF Babelsberg, RBB/ARTE, BNN-VARA
Distribution: Rise and Shine Cinema
World Sales: Rise and Shine World Sales
Selected Festivals 2016/2017: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, TLVFest, International Film Festival Havana, Filmfestival Cottbus, International Film Festival Bergen, Queer Film Festival Oldenburg. Awards: Audience Award at Image+Nation LGBT Film Festival Montreal, Best Human Rights Film at Verzio Human Rights Film Festival Budapest, Audience Award at Cinedoc Tbilisi, Best Feature Lenght Film at Filmkunsttage Sachsen-Anhalt, Lili Award for Best Documentary at MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival, Best Documentary at Amsterdam LGBT Film Festival
Awards: Audience Award at Image+Nation LGBT Film Festival Montreal, Best Human Rights Film at Verzio Human Rights Film Festival Budapest, Audience Award at Cinedoc Tbilisi, Best Feature Lenght Film at Filmkunsttage Sachsen-Anhalt, Lili Award for Best Documentary at MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival, Best Documentary at Amsterdam LGBT Film Festival
www.transithavana-film.com/