Local Student Filmmaker Jake Ajamian Competes for Best Short Documentary in the Student Film Category
PASADENA, March 14, 2018 – Corazón Cubano (Cuban Heart), a short film by La Salle High School sophomore Jake Ajamian, has been selected to appear in the 18th Annual International Beverly Hills Film Festival taking place April 4th through 8th in Hollywood, CA. The film features Jake’s grandfather, Eddy Armando Blanco, and documents his journey back to Cuba after almost 40 years to reunite with his terminally ill brother.
The 31-minute film was directed and edited by Ajamian, with original music by his grandfather. It chronicles the heart-wrenching decision faced by Eddy Armando, a Cuban American exile in Los Angeles, after learning that his brother, a world away in Cuba, was dying. In 1962, Eddy Armando had fled the Communist regime in Cuba, leaving everyone and everything he loved behind, and swearing never to set foot in Cuba again until his beloved country was free. When he received the news of his brother’s illness in 2000, the chasm separating the two brothers – both physically and politically – seemed insurmountable. Despite laws against his return and strong criticism from some in the Cuban American community, Eddy chose family unity, and made the journey to see his brother one last time.
Charlie Guillen, Director of the Arts & Media Department at La Salle High School, said of Corazón Cubano, “This film needs to be shared with the world! It is the kind of story that makes people reconnect to what really matters in life: family, relationships, love and life decisions.”
Cuban American journalist (daughter of Cuban immigrant exiles), author and TV personality Myrka Dellanos noted after viewing an early release of the film, “I cried from the first images set to music. I have never been to Cuba but Eddy Armando, and the family portrayed, just felt like home to me. For anyone that has ever been ripped apart from family members, or just values family, this film is for you!”
Corazón Cubano’s (Cuban Heart) first public screening will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood on Saturday, April 7 at 6:45pm. Individual tickets are available for purchase at https://beverlyhillsfilmfestival.com/2018-official-selection-sat/. Choose Block 6, Theater 2. It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance since these screenings typically sell out early.