Havana, From On High – A Film by Pedro Ruiz


Havana from on HighHigh above the streets of Central Havana, some of its poorest citizens are forced into rooftop homes by a chronic city-wide housing shortage. Director Pedro Ruiz captures the lives of 11 of these rooftop dwellers, all with a unique perspective on the happenings on the streets below. Each of the resilient characters speaks of the personal hardships and experiences they’ve faced since the founding of a revolutionary government. Their lives are about to change again as they find themselves in a moment of national transformation and a drastically changing relationship with the encroaching forces of the United States and capitalism. With the help of stunning cinematography and inspired soundscapes, Ruiz skillfully interweaves these stories to create a vibrant tapestry of a city and country once again in the grips of major upheaval. – Aisha Jamal

Hot Docs April 25 – May 5, 2019 – Toronto
Canadian International Documentary Festival
Friday, April 26 – 2:45 PM – TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 (350 King St W, Toronto)
Saturday, April 27 – 10:15 AM – TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 (350 King St W, Toronto)
Friday, May 3 – 10:00 AM – TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 (350 King St W, Toronto)

Director: Pedro Ruiz
Producer: Arantza Maldonado
Editor: Pedro Ruiz
Cinematography: Pedro Ruiz
Music: Jérémi Roy
Sound: René Portillo

Co-presented with Regent Park Film Festival
Canadian Spectrum program sponsored by TVO


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