La Lucha (The Fight)

A portrait of the Cuban struggle as seen through the lives of two boxers in Havana, one at the start of his career and the other at the bitter end. Through the intertwined narratives of 7-year-old Daniel and 45-year-old Evelio, we see an intimate expression of the Cuban people’s drive and ambition hampered by the realities of living in a country that has been undergoing economic siege for the past 60 years.

Director’s Statement

In the spring of 2019, I had the fortunate opportunity of traveling to Cuba to make documentaries, and La Lucha is the product of this endeavor. With restricted internet access in the country, Cuban individuals and their day-to-day stories are overlooked especially in a global climate where macro concerns – such as trade and immigration – dominate international discourse. In Havana, I had the privilege of crossing paths with my two protagonists Daniel and Evelio, both of whom provide a human face in the wake of prevailing geo-political tensions between Cuba and the U.S. Their stories, I believe, are valuable in its potential to generate new levels of understanding and empathy amongst American and international audiences alike.

As a citizen myself of a country little seen on the international stage, I see strongly the importance of shining a light upon unheard perspectives. Wary of my shortcomings as a filmmaker foreign to the Cuban culture, I sought to pay great attention to the feelings and concerns of my subjects in the making of the film. The final product is my portrait of two beautiful individuals I have come to know, as well as of the Cuban people at large, whose ambitions hampered by the realities of living in an economically disrupted country.