La Patria (The Homeland)

In what they hope will be the twilight of their exile, three generations of Cuban-Americans fight separate battles against the Castro regime—living their days in a Cuba of their minds, weaving dreams for the moment when Fidel breathes his last—until finally, after celebrating, they confront their changed world without him. Some have not laid eyes on Cuba in decades; the others either have no memory of it or else have never seen it at all. Still, the place haunts them—shaping the routines of their present and promising to them their futures. At once a collective, psychological portrait of a community and a chronicle of the end of an era, LA PATRIA explores the dynamics of identity, displacement and belonging, and considers what happens when the symbols against which we define ourselves suddenly disappear.

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    Catapult Grant Awarded

  • Fall 2011