Transit Havana

Daniel Abma Long documentary - 2016 - 88 min.
All ages

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Is Cuba turning into a paradise for transgenders? Once a year, a Dutch and a Flemish plastic surgeon fly to Havana to operate on five Cuban transgenders. Mariela Castro, the president’s daughter, launched a public programme for transgender care as an addition to the revolution of 1959. Meanwhile, the transgenders Odette, Juani and Malú may be the 'new heroes', but they are still contending with old problems, like discrimination, sexism, poverty and prostitution. The paradoxes of an island that is in transition itself.


Director(s) Daniel Abma
Script Alex Bakker
Producer(s) Iris Lammertsma
Production Company
Alex Bakker
Director of Photography
Johannes Praus
Jana Dugnus
Sound Design
Jeroen Goeijers
Alexandra Praet
Sound on Set
Alexandra Praet
TV Company
Production Country
Netherlands, Germany