In a Whisper / (A media voz)
Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez
Childhood friends Patricia and Heidi grew up in Cuba, where they both went to the film academy. As children of the 1970s, they were brought up with the communist ideals of Che Guevara, but the promised bright future failed to materialize. Independently of each other, they fled the malaise and censorship of their homeland. Heidi ended up in Switzerland, Patricia in Spain. They had no contact for years.
Now both 40, they seek a way to approach each other again, choosing the medium that suits them best: video letters. Both have continued to film their lives, even though it seemed unlikely that they would ever work in film again.
In their frank audiovisual communication, the two migrants recount all the roundabout routes they have taken in their lives: Patricia’s years
selling mojitos, Heidi’s search for work and connection with society in Geneva, and the struggle with alienation and nostalgia for a country that no longer exists.
The result of the letters, ingeniously edited into a chronological yet freewheeling whole, is a sensitive, two sided account of uprootedness, motherhood, love of film, friendship and freedom.
Best Feature-Length Documentary, IDFA 2019
In collaboration with Havana Glasgow
Spain, France, Switzerland, Cuba 2019 • 80 min
Spanish with English Subtitles
Supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through the PICE’s grants programme.
Mon 26 Apr 6pm
Available for 48h
Available to watch in the UK and Ireland
HOH subtitles available by Screen Language