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Synopsis: Cuba, 1970’s. Antonio, an immigration officer by day, sells exit visas illegally by night at exorbitant prices. Antonio’s secrets go beyond his secret job, though: he is also hiding his homosexuality, which comes to light when his lover, Jian, comes in looking for an exit visa for himself.


Chinese, English

Run Time

13 minutes

Directed by

Faith Strongheart

Director's Statement

I made Havana as part of the Theater/Film Collaboration project in my final year of graduate school at UCLA. Four directors were chosen to work with four MFA screenwriters. The set was built by the very talented theater production design team. The actors were all part of the MFA theater program and we cast them before we wrote the script.

Barbara & I came up with the idea for the film based on the idea that homosexuality was considered illegal under Castro’s reign until 1979. We loved the idea of having a homosexual, interracial love affair and wanted to convey the struggle to be who you truly are in a cultural that prides machismo as an inherent trait of being a man.

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