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Scene from SOY LIBRE - I AM FREE (photo © Hagen Schönherr)

On the search for personal happiness in Havana where people believe that what they seek is only to be found elsewhere.

Faces, sounds and voices from Havana. Off-screen and with complete honesty, Cubans tell us about their idea of freedom. "It is a lie I have repeated so often, I have started to believe it: I am free." They are very well aware of the restrictions placed on them as human beings: "I can do whatever I want, but only within a clearly defined context, place and time." Public enemy number one is Yoani Sánchez, a female blogger who exposes the nature of the system in her articles. Her aim with her blog, Generación Y, is to overcome her apathy and silence. "Freedom is the freedom to scream in public that you are not free," she says. Many desperate Cubans have braved the hazardous crossing to the United States. But in the words of poet Konstantinos P. Kavafis you will always be walking the streets of Havana wherever you go – you can't shake off the past. The peaceful, beautifully framed street scenes and exceptional soundtrack supplement the stories told in this production by Andrea Roggon. The people shown in the film are not those speaking. We watch them as they get crammed onto the bus, or wash their hair. We see puddles on the street, rolling waves, like mirrors.
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2010
Director Andrea Roggon
Screenplay Andrea Roggon
Cinematography Hagen Schönherr, Petra Lisson
Cast Yoani Sánchez
Producers Andrea Roggon, Hagen Schönherr, Daniellis Hernandez
Production Company Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Runtime 87 min
Format HDCAM, color, 1:1.85
Subtitled Versions English, German
Festivals IDFA Amsterdam 2010, Firenze Festival dei Popoli 2010, Max Ophühls Festival Saarbrücken 2011, Distrital Mexico 2011, Festival des deutschen Films Ludwigsburg 2011, Euganea Padua 2011, Golden Apricot Yerevan 2011, Vancouver Latin American Film Festival 2011, Al Jazeera Documentary Award 2011, Planete Doc 2012

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