They are rehearsing “A German Requiem” by Brahms right now. They’ve been at it for several hours. There are also German musicians. This time, the Europeans have come to perform here; other times, the Cubans go to Germany.
They met online and began a virtual relationship which allowed them to see each other every day in spite of physical distance. A few months into this relationship, they planned to meet in Havana, they slept the night together and, the next day, Shellys Mayara received the proposal that would take her to the altar, going against those who don’t believe that same-sex marriage is an option for Cuba.
Demian Rabilero was in different prisons in Santiago de Cuba for five years (he was a lawyer charged with bribery/corruption). When he got out of jail, in 2003, he found that he didn’t have many friends left on the city’s streets and these “disappearances” led him to come up with the idea for a film: Temporal (2006). Here, he shares his recipe for making a movie with just 20 USD.