Persona (Person). 2014. Cuba/Panama. Directed by Eliécer Jiménez Almeida. 27 min.
A prostrated old man; an absent son; an ex-convict Catholic sexton who yearns for forgiveness; a mother suffering the loss of her son, who went missing at sea while trying to reach the US; a writer who feels feels smothered by a totalitarian regime, self-exiled at home in an act of cultural resistance. Five entities, five individual stories linked only by the human condition. Everything happens on a regular day, when five people without an official social voice speak out about their lives. An award winner at the International Festival of Poor Cinema in Gibara, Cuba, the film was later exhibited at the Cinematographic Criticism Workshop in Camagüey—where state security intervened. It has not been shown in Cuba since.