In an oceanfront city of two million people, fiberglass resin is illegal for private use. The price of a dated surfboard is three times the monthly salary. And if you venture 50 yards from shore, you can met with severe penalties. Yet, in La Habana exists a vibrant wave-riding community unlike any other in the world. And it’s continuing into its second generation. The broader Western view of Cuba, specifically the South Florida context, expresses the country in constant comparisons: how it was, how it could, how it will. It is a tremendous effort to see the beauty and complexity of an existence as it truly is, outside comparison to a past, present, or even projected future.
Calle 70 La Habana has no producers, no journalist visas, no budget, no sponsors and no fixers. It follows the unique Cuban surf culture to experience what life is like for the surfista Cubano. It’s singular objective is to let the viewer see a Cuban way of life for what it is.