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Clarissa Martinez Linguist, Poet, Student Cuba & U.S.A.
Clarissa Martinez Martinez is from a smaller city outside Havana, but came to Havana to study literature, poetry and linguistics. There she became an instructor at the University of Havana. Her musings have also attracted the filmmaking interests of documentarian, Roberto Arévalo, where she is the subject of the documentary portrait, Un pensamiento cubano. Her thoughts about the malecón of Havana, Cuba provide the romantic transcendence that opens Portraits on the Malecón. Martinez immigrated to the US in 2010 and resides in Miami. She will appear at the premiere of the film at the Miami International Documentary Film Festival.
Gerardo Hernández Historian Cuba
Clarissa Martinez Hernández is one of the official historians for the city of Havana. His research at Casa de las Americas has been instrumental at connecting foreign historians to a social understanding of architecture and urban design in Havana. Hernández has co-developed courses with international scholars and students visiting Cuba on educational and research visits. His passion for the malecón links many memories of childhood to different locations on the wall that mark the history of post-revolutionary Havana.
Daniel, Rider and The Quiet One Students Cuba
Clarissa Martinez The three teens represent the longing and curious energy of Cuban youth to know about the world beyond the island, and to see their ideas influence the body politic around them. In one breath they point out how they could use a motor boat to leave the island, but they also declare their love for their country, family and culture, and a desire to participate in the future of Cuba.
Jorge & Lazaro Musicians Cuba
Clarissa Martinez Playing music on the wall, they do so without the hat for tourists to fill with coins. They play music on the malecón for the pleasure of sitting beside the sea and playing music under the sun in the open air. Jorge proclaims that his career as a trumpeter and his talent were nurtured by the state, and that he and the Cuban culture prosper from this investment. He gives a brief history of politics from neo-colonial society through the revolution and into the present.