The documentary You Were the Seed
The documentary 'You Were the Seed' had its premiere at Lens Politica Film and Media Art Festival on 2.12.2012. Elomedias Doctoral Student Alejandro Pedregal is the co-writer and director of the documentary.
YOU WERE THE SEED
Adrián Aragonés & Alejandro Pedregal
In 1958, the Invading Column number 8 under the command of Che Guevara, arrives to Ciego de Ávila on its way to Havana. Once there, the Comandante meets Juan Olimpio Valcárcel ‘Tin’, a physically disable kid who, after helping the guerrilleros, asks Guevara to join the Column. Che tells him that he can’t take him because of his physical condition, but promises to bring him to Havana once the Revolution succeeds and provide education and access to health care. Nevertheless, before continuing the march, the kid asks the guerrilla leader to take his mare with him, which is his only toy and mean of transportation. Soon after the triumph of the Revolution, Che asks the authorities of Ciego de Ávila to bring ‘Tin’ and his mother to Havana in order to fulfill his promise. A terrible accident finishes with the lives of both of them on their way to the capital.
More than 50 years after, Eric Manuel, a disable kid from Ciego de Ávila, takes part in the echoes that ‘Tin’ left in the region as a myth of the Revolution. Through his daily life and closest environment, as well as through relevant figures of the story of ‘Tin’, we will get to know the tale along with Eric, as well as its resonance nowadays, discovering the parallelism between both kids and the differences between the myth and reality in today’s Cuba.
Written and directed by Adrián Aragonés & Alejandro Pedregal
Produced by Maryulis Alfonso Yero
Executive Production: Adrián Aragonés & Alejandro Pedregal
Director of Photography: Ernesto Calzado
Sound Recordist: Boris Trueba
Sound Designer: Rolando Camilo
Original Music: Pablo Borghi
Song ‘Muchacho de Guerrilla’ by Yoan Zamora
Edited by Adrián Aragonés & Alejandro Pedregal
Duration: 50 minutes
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