Sponsored Project

Cuba: Beyond the Cars and the Cigars

Carlos Alvarado
Carlos Alvarado & Leonard Shields

“Cuba: Beyond the Cars and the Cigars” will shine a light on the Ballet and the arts in Cuba. This documentary-film is about the dreams, the dedication and the struggles of becoming a ballerina in Cuba. It will show how passionate these dancers are about their careers, how hard they work and the limited conditions in which they train, all to get a chance to one day dance for the National Ballet of Cuba and travel to the outside world.

Photographer Carlos Alvarado has spent six years shooting the Ballet and the arts in Cuba, and aims to show the world a side of Cuba much too rarely seen.