For my soul brother Angel Santiesteban, prisoner of Cuba for thinking differently.
For my second father, Raul Guerra, who died intoxicated with disappointment.
The Death of the Cat
Writer: Lilo Vilaplana Genre: Fiction Category: Fiction
The Death of the Cat is much more than an exceptionally accomplished work of art by Lilo Vilaplana. It is an unambiguous argument against the Castro dictatorship that has plagued Cuba for fifty-six years.
It deeply impacts Cubans who have lived that period, those who even if they have not lived it suffer even today the same painful reality, and the non-Cubans who are moved seeing how the Castro propaganda has fooled them also while all Cubans are prisoners of the big island jail.
Dedicated to Angel Santiesteban and Raul Guerra, it deals with a work of fiction inspired by real events, contextualized in the day after the shooting of General Ochoa but that takes great care with even the smallest details managing to recreate on a Bogota lot the miseries of one Havanan.
Details as “trifling” as to have covered the floor with a paper that mimics the tiles that populate Cuba. And even the wretched roll that Cubans eat, many preliminary experiments were needed until obtaining what appears in the short film, seeking not to exceed the weight and to be true to what the impoverished people eat.
It is not easy to create intentionally so much destruction, poverty and neglect as the Castros have caused in over five decades. Painstaking craftsmanship by Lilo’s team has managed to “destroy” the setting, making it so true to life that more than one person will believe that it really was filmed in Havana. Continue reading