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Today’s Cuba under the aegis of Raúl Castro has a booming shadow economy. Anyone who can tries to earn a little extra, sell something or profit from the tourists. Two young men from Baracoa try their luck with female foreigners. Yohan especially is a dreamer who believes his own tactics when he talks about love. His greatest dream, however, is Europe. Laurentia Genske, who spent one year as a guest student in Cuba, follows the arduous daily life of the two who are increasingly coming under pressure: from their mothers, who want proper sons, from the police, who sanction unregistered contact with foreigners, from criminals who want to defend their territory. What looks playful and naive at first turns out to be bitterly serious. Money drives a wedge into every relationship and leaves a bitter taste. Neither the lascivious Salsa rhythms nor the gentle swoosh of the palm fronds can hide this.

- Cornelia Klauß, Dok Leipzig 2015


AFUERA - Documentary Film, Cuba 2015 / 64 min / HD

Direction, Cinematography: Laurentia Genske
Editing: Lara Rodriguez Cruz, Laurentia Genske
Dramaturgical Consultant: Herbert Schwarze
Editing Consultant: Rita Schwarze
Sound Recording, Production Cuba: Alejandro Luis Yero
Sounddesign: Robert Keilbar, Damian Rubiera Hernandez
Soundmix: Robert Keilbar
Colour Correction: Fabiana Cardala
Production Company: Academy of Media Arts Cologne in collaboration with EICTV Cuba


Festivals / Awards

2016 - LATIUM, Festival Internactional de Cine Latinoamericano, Mexico
2016 - Festival de Cine de Bogotá
2016 - International Documentary Festival Peloponnese-Kalamata
2016 - Festival Internacional de Cine por los Derechos Humanos Bogota
2016 - RDOC Dominikanische Republik / Mejor documental de CentroAmérica y Caribe
2016 - International Festival Sarajevo “Sarajevo Winter”
2016 - Stranger than Fiction Köln
2015 - Eko International Film Festival Nigeria
2015 - up-and-coming Hannover
2015 - WIFTS / International Visionary Award for Diversity
2015 - CEME-DOC Mexiko
2015 - FICMA, Feria Internacional de Cine de Manizales, Colombia
2015 - Intenationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm