Nevertheless (Sin Embargo)
(49 minutes) Cuba/USA
Director: Judith Grey
Producers: Ben McPherson and James Steindecker
After the revolution of 1959 and the U.S. embargo that followed, the people of Cuba were left to fend for themselves. Deprived of even the most basic goods, they scavenge the alleys and scrap heaps, giving new vitality to the discarded. Their recycled products are often remarkably ingenious and creative. For Andrs the sculptor, Tomas the canary breeder, and the other subjects of Sin Embargo, even the greatest pressure – whether levied by government or circumstance – cannot crush the spirit nor quash the desire to forge a better life for themselves and their families. Shot entirely in Cuba, Sin Embargo is a look into the hearts and dreams of struggling peoples and a tribute to their optimistic and resourceful determination to survive.
Judith Grey was born in Melbourne, Australia. In 1991, she completed Honors in Fine Art, at the Royal Melbourne University of Technology, majoring in painting. In 1992, desiring to explore different mediums of communication, she became an art director in advertising and design. Her advertising career, incorporating both copywriting and art direction, has taken her from Sydney to Hong Kong to New York, where she currently resides. Sin Embargo is her first film.
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