Cuba: soon hip and happening? | VPRO World Stories

Tourism is upcoming in Cuba. But what does that mean for the people and the mentality of the Cubans? Will Cuba’s socialistic heart bleed with the upcoming tourism and become hip and happening? What will happen if people earn a lot of money with tourism and others stay hooked by the past?

In this four-part series, Cuban-Dutch Yuri Capetillo Hardy returns to his native country that he left 15 years ago. Going back is always filled with sorrow as his mother died, and his former house is filled with memories. But how is the situation now in Cuba? What has changed, and what is still the same? A documentary about Cuba that tries to capture the soul of the people and the country.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Cuban economy collapsed completely in the early 1990s. What Cuba saved was the emerging tourism. Doctors, engineers and other highly educated Cubans now look for a job in tourism as their jobs are not paid enough. But with tourism, the differences between rich and poor increase and there is a risk of a decline in the old values.

Some people even cautiously long back for Fidel. At least everyone was equal when he was in power. Yuri realizes that he has always taken the old socialist values for granted. How important are they to him? At the end of the episode he meets a young filmmaker with a message that confuses him.

Original title: Citroenen uit de hemel (3/4) Cuba na Castro

Director: Maaike de Gruyter Research: Pamela Kalkman Editing: Femke Klein Obbink Commissioning Editor: Stefanie de Brouwer Camera: Joost van Herwijnen Sound: Simone Galavazi, Rik Meier, Kees de Groot Production: Nicole Frints, Jeroen Mondria

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