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ARTE launches the online documentary project Miami–Havana


With the heading “Miami–Havana Times are changing” ARTE has launched a new online documentary project. Miami–Havana follows everyday life as experienced by young men and women from Havana and Miami over three months with three new episodes from each city every week.

The idea with Miami–Havana is to follow a group of young people who were born after the The Cuban Revolution happened more than fifty years ago. Six of the characters are living in Miami and six of them are living in Havana; meaning just 90 miles apart. They all have a rich Cuban heritage and they share common dreams, hopes, worries and desires.

In Havana, revolution is no longer what it used to be. In Miami, most Cubans have become Americans. Times have changed and new hopes and aspirations fuel the future of a new generation.

The stories of young lives in these two cities are told through short video chronicles. You can follow these stories via an original non-linear interface where you can watch, and respond with video, photo or written comments.

Utilizing all of the stories over the life of the series, "Havana-Miami", will premier as a full length documentary to be broadcast on ARTE and TSR2 in the Autumn of 2010.

The online documentary project Miami–Havana is a continuation of the concept developed for the ARTE project Gaza – Sderot, which was launched in the fall 2008. Again it is the French producer Serge Gordey from Alegria who is the Executive Producer and Alex Szalat from ARTE France who is the leading Commissioning Editor.

Havana-Miami is a project coproduced by ARTE in collaboration with Radio Television Suisse. It is co-produced with Alegria, France  and Tamouz Media, USA, in association with the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami, USA and in collaboration with Troqua Vision, Cuba.

Here you can follow the Miami-Havana online documentary.

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