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Feature length documentary about the Cuban doctor Raynier Casamajor and his colorful struggle to become an international music artist.

El Medico: The Cubaton Story takes us on a wonderful authentic trip into the heart of Cuba, as this is a true story. If you have never been and you want to go, this is your chance! I am personally fascinated with Cuba and felt like I was on a guided tour. We, the viewers, are taken into the beautiful landscape, on to the city streets as well as inside of the their homes. Many layers of contradiction and contrasts live within this beautiful country: East meets west, Communism versus capitalism, tradition versus progress, family versus business. These are some of the main issues that both Cuba and the main character are struggling with today.

This is a journey of joy and struggle , of a young man finding his own voice. The film introduces the young doctor El Medico by following him around as he visits his patients in rural mountain villages. Laughing with children and the elderly we see his genuine compassion and his personal connections on his daily rounds.

Then we get background historical information of both Cuba and his family. His parents were poster children of the Cuban Revolution working with Fidel Castro. We hear beautiful reggae music against scenes of brutality and violence of the revolution. El Medico joined the military to become a doctor and serve his country and his parents are very proud. But his life takes a serious twist when he also starts to pursue his love of music as a singer. He meets up with a Swedish western music producer and begins performing and making music videos. This creates a huge conflict with his family his country and also within himself.

El Medico has a very funny yet tragic relationship with his mother who wants him to respect the revolution and continue working for the people as a doctor and she does not want him to pursue a musical career. But El Medico also sees his music as being political towards social service. In Cuba men must have permission from their mothers, this is very important. One of my favorite scenes is when he is on stage at a big concert performing a personal love song to his own mother. Basically he pours his heart out pleading for his mothers blessing as he is embarking on musical stardom. It is unique to see a man leaving himself so vulnerable and exposed in public. I have the feeling this is one of the genuine treasures of Cuba itself!
So many different issues are explored in this story, giving us glimpses into Cuban dance, music, politics and family traditions. But also exploring the darker side of the western music industry of exploitation, pornography and morality. In the end El Medico must choose for himself and his country. This one young man has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders and it is admirable to see him develop his own integrity. I would highly recommend this film, it will be enjoyed by a very diverse audience.

By Linda Sweatt/SBCC
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Film Credits

Directors: DANIEL FRIDELL

Producers: THOMAS ALLERCRANTZ, ADEL KJELLSTRÖM, INGEMAR JOHANSSON, MARGUS ÖUNAPUU, PETRI ROSSI

Photography: MICHEL JOSIF MIGLIS, KRISTIAN-JAAK NUUDI,ENDRE SYNERGE, ARAMIS FONSECA, DJENGO ESMER, DANIEL FRIDELLI,

Editing: PETER WENDIN, FREDRIK ALNENG, BODIL KJÆRHAUGE, ANDREAS NILSSON, ANNIKA LEINHAGEN, ROBERT NORDH

Sound: MART OTSA KESSEL

Music: TIMO HIETALA, JOHAN SÖDERQVIST

Production Company: RÖDE ORM FILM AB, ELFVIK FILM, FILMTOWER, CINEWORKS, EUROPASOUND

Awards

Nominated Dragon Award GIFF, Nominated Nordic DOX at CPH DOX, Nominated Tridens Baltic Film at Black Nights Tallin, Nominated Best Latin-American Doc at SBIFF

Details

Orginal Title: EL MEDICO - THE CUBATON STORY

UK Classification: None

Subtitles: Yes

Voiceover: Yes

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Language: , ,

Length: 85 min

Colour: Yes

Website: http://www.rodeormfilm.se/productions/details/47

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El Medico – The Cubaton Story Screening:

  • Wed30May

    at Portobello PopUP Cinema

    30 May 2012 8:30 pm

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