Habana Sixteen

  • Format TV Documentary
  • Status In Post Production
  • Genre Drama
  • Audience Young Adults | Adults
  • Rating PG-13
  • Synopsis

    HABANA SIXTEEN is the first installment of a new television series on world youth*.

    HABANA SIXTEEN is a Valentine to Cuban youth, a portrait of Havana’s alternative youth culture as seen through the eyes of;

    • Yelda, a prima ballerina with Carlos Acosta’s internationally celebrated dance company; Acosta Danza.
    • Maya; an aspiring actor with a complicated love life who’d like to “Make a giant spliff and snatch the world to run out wars, politics and religión!”
    • Lejardi, a DJ, musician and visual artist spearheading the electronica movement in Cuba, working with the likes of UK DJ and music guru Gilles Peterson.
    • Teresita; a tattoo artist and young mother (even though tattooing is considered illegal in Cuba) and...
    • Yojany, her partner, also considered to be a ‘radical’ or ‘revolutionary’ - one of Havana’s best skaters, a longboarder and aspiring photographer.

    In this stunning new TV documentary, we spend a week with each one of them, discovering some of their dreams and hopes for the future. HABANA SIXTEEN celebrates the life-blood of youth culture; skate, dance, music, art and self-expression.

    *SHAKE THE MOON is a new TV series taking us inside a week-in-the-life-of 5 of the most adventurous youths breaking the mold in Cuba, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nepal, India and China. Each episode is dedicated to a city that is in some way ‘fluid’ - Whether it’s overcrowding, tough socio economic conditions, politics or natural phenomenon, we see a resilience and hopeful spirit in these youth that’s totally inspiring. SHAKE THE MOON is a foray into global youth culture through the eyes of the youth living in ‘difficult’ cities, or cities on the cusp of change.

Synopsis

HABANA SIXTEEN is the first installment of a new television series on world youth*.

HABANA SIXTEEN is a Valentine to Cuban youth, a portrait of Havana’s alternative youth culture as seen through the eyes of;

  • Yelda, a prima ballerina with Carlos Acosta’s internationally celebrated dance company; Acosta Danza.
  • Maya; an aspiring actor with a complicated love life who’d like to “Make a giant spliff and snatch the world to run out wars, politics and religión!”
  • Lejardi, a DJ, musician and visual artist spearheading the electronica movement in Cuba, working with the likes of UK DJ and music guru Gilles Peterson.
  • Teresita; a tattoo artist and young mother (even though tattooing is considered illegal in Cuba) and...
  • Yojany, her partner, also considered to be a ‘radical’ or ‘revolutionary’ - one of Havana’s best skaters, a longboarder and aspiring photographer.

In this stunning new TV documentary, we spend a week with each one of them, discovering some of their dreams and hopes for the future. HABANA SIXTEEN celebrates the life-blood of youth culture; skate, dance, music, art and self-expression.

*SHAKE THE MOON is a new TV series taking us inside a week-in-the-life-of 5 of the most adventurous youths breaking the mold in Cuba, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nepal, India and China. Each episode is dedicated to a city that is in some way ‘fluid’ - Whether it’s overcrowding, tough socio economic conditions, politics or natural phenomenon, we see a resilience and hopeful spirit in these youth that’s totally inspiring. SHAKE THE MOON is a foray into global youth culture through the eyes of the youth living in ‘difficult’ cities, or cities on the cusp of change.

Jump To: Director Producer
  • Director Marcelle Lunam

    Marcelle is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary director and creative director with more than 20 years experience in story telling, imaging and design for brand development and strategic communication projects.

  • Producer Sacha Rodríguez

    A producer who is passionate about making films, Sacha Rodriguez joins Gabriel Beristain, and together, they lay the foundations for Vedado’s filmed entertainment division, produce a feature length documentary and the feature film "Havana Kyrie" starring Franco Nero and Ron Perlman - and embark on development of a new slate of screen titles including the upcoming feature film "The House of Abraham Phillips", in collaboration with The Lan Film Company in Wales.