Milly is in love and looking forward to marriage and a family. Lis is a gifted young singer. Margarita is an elderly widow with fond memories of a long marriage. All three live in Havana and all are blind, but they have managed to create lives that are not centered on their disabilities, accepting with grace a certain level of dependency on friends and family. Each has also reached a personal crossroad: Margarita knows she is too caught up in the past, Lis’ ability to soar to the heights of her gifted voice is hampered by a mutual dependency with her mother, and Milly’s parents reveal a long-held secret that might prevent her from fulfilling her dreams.
Taking the viewer on a sweeping tour of a changing Havana from music recitals to a blind participants’ baseball game to a cinema club for the blind, director Jennifer Redfearn also uses a highly sensitive sound design to attempt to offer the viewer a slice of the world as experienced by the three protagonists.
This richly textured film explores the heartbreak and the liberation of personal transformation, revealing both the pain and joy of what fighting for yourself means. As one of the women so aptly remarks, “If you want to die, you die. If you want to fight, you fight. If you want to live, you live.”
The film’s director, Jennifer Redfearn, will be present for the Festival.
Tickets on sale February 1 at Chapter One Bookstore