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Bye Bye Havana / Utopia is behind us


For all Havana’s crumbling structures and piles of rubble, its disintegrating roads and toxin-belching jalopies, its plethora of armed policemen and sun-bleached billboards espousing their pat, revolutionary slogans, it attracts over a million pink-skinned, camera-toting, snack-munching mojito-swilling tourists each year.

Cuba stands pummeled by an unworkable socialism and a voracious consumer appetite. What began more than forty six years ago seems spent, “patriotism or death” are simply not enough. Cubans want other choices, other points of view, and they can’t wait any longer. But defeating the autocracy also means Cubans will need to relinquish much of their collective conscience in order to chase individual profit and personal freedom.

Bye Bye Havana is 90 miles from being political. This fast-paced stream of conscience documentary presents a unique flavor of irony, carried by an eclectic soundtrack featuring Latin Grammy Nominee X Alfonso, hip hop by Free Hole Negro, pianist Roberto Carcasses and jazz poet Telmary.

Filmmaker J. Michael Seyfert, a former Madison Avenue creative turned good-guy, is leaving behind the limitations of entertainment and art in favor of a more substantial task: to meaningfully and directly affect the plight of his subjects through his work.

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