This Is Your Cuba



Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: Esta es tu Cuba

Running Time: 20min
Film Year: 2019
Category: HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award

Inspired by the real life stories of the children involved in Operation Pedro Pan, the mass exodus of over 14,000 unaccompanied minors, “This Is Your Cuba” tells the story of 10-year old Anton. It’s the 1960s in Cuba and Castro has just come into power. Communism is beginning to take hold and divide the community–you’re either pro-revolution or dissident. Young revolutionaries, known as Pioneros, walk the streets in their uniforms as soldiers occupy the neighborhoods, harassing shop owners and other citizens.

“This Is Your Cuba” portrays Anton’s life as he realizes just how much his beloved Cuba is changing in the midst of the Cuban Revolution. His life and his country will never be the same in this tale that seeks to explore the effects and consequences a revolution has on a young child’s mind and perception of the world.

This film screens as part of HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award


Director: Brian Robau
Producer: John Sayage
Screenwriter: Daniel Klein
Executive Producer: Maylen Calienes
Production Company: Audition B Productions, LLC

Music: Carlos Alvarez
Cinematographer: Trevor Roach
Editor: Ramin Taheri, Chris Young

Cast: Mauricio Alemany, Amber Rivera, Roy Sanchez, Isabella Gandulla

Brian Robau

Brian Robau is a Cuban-American filmmaker, born and raised in Miami, Florida. His debut short film, “It’s Just a Gun” (2016), won a Student Academy Award.