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EL MANGUITO In 1956 history was made in the inaccessible woodlands of Sierra Maestra. Back then Fidel Castro and Che Guevera went into hiding there to get the Cuban revolution rolling. Tucked far away in the mountains, the village of El Manguito was once a big community with more than 100 houses, working infrastructure, electricity and a saw mill. But when the saw mill closed, most of the people moved to bigger localities. Due to the emigration wave not only El Manguito sank into oblivion, but also its inhabitants.

Twelve people live there, cut off from the outside world, without electricity supply and drivable roads. Idael, the head of the familiy, his wife Nelcis, his children, friends and brothers. The film accompanies the family in their everyday life. It takes the audience to an unknown world and shows how deeply rooted the socialist system still is in Cuba. A teacher comes to El Manguito five days a week to teach Idaels youngest son. Even in a remote place like this, education is provided for. But many other things seem to be neglected.



Documentary Film, Cuba / 19 min / Super 16 mm / 2017

Script: Simon Rittmeier, Laurentia Genske
Direction: Laurentia Genske
Cinematography: Simon Rittmeier
Black- White Photography: Laurentia Genske
Editing: Tama Tobias-Macht
Editing Assistant: Laurentia Genske
Sounddesign, Soundmix: Robert Keilbar
Sound Recording: Laurentia Genske
Foleys: Konstantin Faust
Colour Correction: Fabiana Cardala
Colorist: Mathias Lilie, Cine Postproduktion
German, English Subtitles: Nina Willhardt
Production Company: Academy of Media Arts Cologne

Theatrical Distribution: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
TV Emission WDR: 29.09.2017 at 00:00 p.m.
TV Emission 3sat: 08.05.2018 at 23:45 p.m.



Festivals / Awards

63. International Short Film Festival Oberhausen - German Competition / 3sat-Promotional Prize
17. Filmplus / Honorary Mention, Editing Promotional Award
Lange Nacht des Politischen Kurzfilms, Cinémayence Mainz 2017 / 1. Award
FBW Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung 2017 / Prädikat "besonders wertvoll"
10. Kino Latino Köln
25. Blicke Film Festival
11. Kurzfilmfestival Köln
19. Dresdner Schmalfilmtage
39. Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
19. International Shortfilmfestival Bunter Hund Munich
28. Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival Chicago / International Premiere
41. Grenzland-Filmtage Selb
47. International Student Film Festival Sehsüchte
14. FEST - New Directors New Films Festival Espinho / Portugal Premiere
66. San Sebastian International Film Festival