Reel Duration: 9’08”
Havana is the capital city, largest city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba. The first part of the reel was shot from and inside the Morro Castle named after the three biblical Magi; Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro. The Morro Castle is a fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay in Havana. In this case, the Spanish “morro” means a rock, which is very visible from the sea and therefore serves as a navigational landmark. The fortress was built in 1589, a stopping point for the treasure-laden Spanish galleons on the crossing between the New World and the Old World.
The second part of the reel was shot on the Monte Calle street; a famous street for its traffic, architecture and local life. It is connected to Habana Vieja and Plaza de la Revolucion.
Today, Monte Calle becomes a sort of window where the humblest part of the habanera population lives on.
Score by Charlie Parker (Music rights clearance apply)
Rumba Palace (Cuba)
Reel duration: 4’46”
Rumba Palace is actually the title of a piece of music produced by Ed Steinberg who has spent a lot of time in Cuba with local musicians. This musical piece of languorous jazz sustains long “traveling shots” taken from a car. The marriage between music and visuals, movements and light makes it a relaxing piece quintessentially Cuban in its lightness and vibrancy. This is part of a long series of semi edited clips shot in Cuba, for a period of 4 weeks in June 2015 (See People and Travel for related reels).