CORAZON CUBANO, THE MOVIE: “TRUE LOVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BARRIERS”

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CORAZON CUBANO, THE MOVIE: “TRUE LOVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BARRIERS”

Haz click en las flechas a cada lado de la foto para ver la galería. Te presentamos a Eddy Armando Blanco, el protagonista del fabuloso corto CORAZON CUBANO.

CORAZON CUBANO, THE MOVIE: “TRUE LOVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BARRIERS”

Su hija, Adriana Ajamian, es la productora de este increíble short film que derrocha ternura y te sacará las lágrimas.

CORAZON CUBANO, THE MOVIE: “TRUE LOVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BARRIERS”

Eddy había jurado que nunca volvería a pisar su tierra hasta que Cuba volviera a ser libre... Pero una llamada teléfonica le obligó a decidir entre permanecer en L.A. fiel a su comunidad cubana, o volver a su país y traicionar sus principios para darle el último adiós a su hermano moribundo.

CORAZON CUBANO, THE MOVIE: “TRUE LOVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BARRIERS”

Nieto, abuelo e hija, el dreamteam de CORAZON CUBANO. Una familia latina, como tantas otras en Estados Unidos, que mantiene vivo el amor y la unidad familiar pese a viento y marea.

CORAZON CUBANO, THE MOVIE: “TRUE LOVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BARRIERS”

Adriana Blanco junto a su hijo Jake, director y editor del precioso film. Su hermano Jonathan supervisó la música y todo ello sucedió bajo la atenta mirada del abuelo.

CORAZON CUBANO, THE MOVIE: “TRUE LOVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BARRIERS”

El autor de la famosa canción de Guáimaro, que recuerda la firma de la constitución cubana es a los ochenta y cinco años la alegría de la familia. Su guitarrita, sus canciones y sus chistes son la delicia de sus sobremesas familiares.

CORAZON CUBANO, THE MOVIE: “TRUE LOVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BARRIERS”

"La bandera no representa un partido político... Es el símbolo de la patria y eso incluye a todos sus hijos", afirma Eddy. Y añade: "El verdadero amor no reconoce muros. Como dice nuestro poeta José Martí, la única verdad que hay en esta vida, es el amor”.

CORAZON CUBANO, THE MOVIE: “TRUE LOVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BARRIERS”

Un simpático retrato del jovencísimo director, Jake Ajamian, junto a su protagonista. "Me divertí mucho filmando las entrevistas de mi abuelo. Llegamos a hacerle muchas preguntas y tuve una comprensión profunda de su amor por Cuba y lo que sentía por su familia. Aprendí que las acciones de mi abuelo están siempre motivadas por el amor a una cosa u otra y eso es algo que siempre guardaré en mi memoria".

CORAZON CUBANO, THE MOVIE: “TRUE LOVE DOES NOT RECOGNIZE BARRIERS”

Así de tiernos ellos, más tierno aún su cortometraje. Si pueden, no dejen de verlo, les va a emocionar. Ya es un all-time-favorite de Blog de Los Angeles.

When my friend Adriana Blanco told me about her idea of making a documentary about her father, I started tearing up just thirty seconds into her story: an elder Cuban returning to his country for the very first time after four decades of exile to re-encounter his family. “Make it happen!” I told her. “I really want to see it!” I lied, because… Did I really want to? Nope. If I was crying just thinking about it, how would I react to the movie at the theater with her father’s voice singing that Cuban music that pierces your soul every time you hear it? Tear-jerking.

One year later, I find myself in Los Angeles, just finished watching the final cut of this amazing, heartfelt story. I am raw with emotion, because the tenderness in this documentary overwhelms you. And how could it not, given the story behind the story?

Eddy Blanco, like so many others, had sworn to never set foot in Cuba again until his beloved country was free.   But a phone call forced him to choose between staying in LA and remaining faithful to his Cuban community, or betraying his principals by returning to Cuba to say a last goodbye to his dying brother, who he had not laid eyes on in more than forty years. Adriana, a very intelligent woman and an eternal optimist, would not let her father get away with choosing politics over his own brother. After all, hadn’t he always taught her that family comes first?

Having barely convinced her father to go, she was the one who took charge of getting the ball rolling and organizing the two-day trip with her parents to the remote little town of Guaimaro, Cuba. Luckily for all of us, she decided to record her adventure on an ancient camcorder so that her dad Eddy Blanco and all his family could always remember those special moments. And that’s how this short film began its journey, chronicling the man who wrote many of the songs in the film, which are still sung like hymns by the Cuban people. The one called precisely Guaimaro, recounts the signing of the Cuban Constitution which his former neighbors still sing, albeit in secret.

Another curious note about the journey: Jake, Adriana’s son and Eddy’s grandson, is the director and editor of the short film at only 15 years old.

The quality of the footage? Impossible. The sound? Whatever they had at the time! I sometimes ask myself… How can people tell when a work of art is indeed good or bad? I have personally come to the following conclusion: A work of art is good if it moves you. According to that definition, this documentary is a true jewel.

Adriana, what was your experience growing up as a Cuban without ever stepping foot in Cuba?

I stepped foot in Cuba every time I stepped foot into my house. We ate Cuban food every day, drank only Cuban coffee, played Cuban music, we had to memorize Cuban poetry and the Cuban National Anthem and we spoke only Spanish at home… And that’s just for starters. My father had to leave Cuba, but Cuba never left him.

How did the idea come about to make this short film?

When I went to Cuba with my dad in 2000, I recorded about 7.5 hours of video so I could show family back home as much as I could of my dad’s town and the family and friends we heard about all our lives. When I saw the footage with family, I thought then that I would love to make a documentary about this experience. Our director, Jake, wasn’t even born then. I made a few VHS copies of videos for family, but later I lost all the original VHS tapes. Over the years, even the copies disappeared. Later in life, my youngest son Jake started showing interest in film-making when he was very young, so I told him the idea I had once of making a short film about Welo’s (his grandfather) trip to Cuba. I explained the circumstances and how difficult it was for him to make that trip but how beautiful the experience turned out to be. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any film to show him.

He kept asking me to look for those tapes because he wanted to direct this film and wanted me to produce it. One day, he decided to go through my husband’s desk and found an unlabeled VHS tape. I had to hook up the VCR that was stored in our garage to see if this was the tape I had lost. Sure enough, it was a VHS copy of our trip to Cuba, so I started writing.

What were the biggest obstacles you faced since you decided to create this film?

The fact that we broke the law by traveling to Cuba in 2000 was a huge problem. I had to seek legal counsel to make sure I could share our experience without incriminating my parents and myself. It’s a long explanation but, in short, he cleared us to move forward.

Jake, what was your favorite moment along the process of doing this movie?

When I finally came up with a way to conclude the film. That brought the biggest smile to my face.

Your mom came up originally with the idea…

She saw something very nice in what happened in Cuba when my grandfather returned to his village after almost 40 years in exile. The decision for my grandfather was not easy because he had to ignore his political convictions and his promise that he would not return to Cuba until it were free. Love for his family was what guided his decision to return. With all that is happening in the world, this act guided by the love and the joy that resulted from it, is a lesson for all.

How does it feel to create a project with so much heart involving three generations of the same family at a time?

I had so much fun filming the interviews of my grandpa. We got to ask him so many questions and I got an in depth understanding of his love for Cuba and for his family. Ultimately, I learned that my grandpa’s actions are always guided by love and that’s something I will always remember him for.

How did the family react when they saw the movie for the first time?

There was laughter and lots of tears.

Adriana… What message would you like people to walk away with after they watch the movie?

That life is too short, and years fly by quickly. The time we have with family and our loved ones should not be neglected or allowed to deteriorate due to political issues or whatever. That love is the only truth that exists. I want everyone to leave the theater and call their loved ones to tell them that they love them very much despite any barriers that may have existed.

And now our protagonist, Eddy… What do flags have to do with love?

The flag represents the love and respect to the mother country.

Is it possible to love a flag without begetting hate?

The flag does not represent a political party. It is the symbol of the country and that includes all of her children.

How would you describe Cuba before Castro in three words?

Insecure, very musical and sociable… Insecure, because there was always political uncertainty; musical, because Cuba is the root of the most beautiful rhythms and songs ever to be created. Music is an enormous part of my life because of my country. Social, because we love to party and have a good time. We enjoyed social clubs and private parties then, which is something that is not allowed today.

What hurts the most when you think of Cuba now?

The obstruction of freedom: political deception and separation of family is where the saddest feelings are born when I think of Cuba.

When you remember Cuba, what puts a smile on your face?

All the pleasant memories with friends and family… Our way of living, that was divine, coño!

How do you see the future of Cuba?

For me it is unpredictable because I have been waiting fifty five years for Cuba to be free…

Can love breakdown all barriers?

True love does not recognize walls or barriers. As our hero and poet Jose Marti says, “The only truth in this life is love.”

 

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