BYE BYE HAVANA DIALOGUE

OPENING FILTRO Look around / Utopia is behind us

KIDS

Got a minute? I am a straight A student, I read well

((Little brother)): no no, you’re clueless!

I do my home work and behave myself at school and all that

I do my chores, run to the bakery and butcher, then I play baseball

NEXT KID

Once upon a time, a little lion was roaming in the jungle

And when his daddy lion came home, they started arguing

So the daddy lion ate the kid

NEXT KID

We’re bored!

NEXT KIDS

I am Gretel, Juan Carlos, little Louis

LEO’s KID

Almost every time I stop by, he’s sculpting something new,
He’s always busy doing something

INSERT LEO NARRATIVE

Let me put it this way Leo begins, in Havana people talk a lot of
shit, people complain, whine and bitch, but in the end,
everything is cool. You may have to stand in line for seven eggs, but meanwhile you’re chatting your heart out. Of course there’re a bunch of things that could be better, but Leo rationalizes this would surely apply to every place on earth.

ANIMATION RUIN no no no no, nothing here is good whatsoever

FOSFORERO relax Joe, don’t get upset / why not get upset, it’s
always the same crap, they only come for the spectacle in the street

NEGRA Hey, buzz off!

NEGRO I have nothing to eat, and you do!


RELOJERO Let’s make a deal! You take me to your country and we’ll open
a jewelry shop, you pay me a couple of thousand per month
I’ll pay rent, say 800 bucks, and the rest is profit, we’ll have
plenty money for food, even a car, since in your country, nobody has to walk

CUSTOMER buddy, if the battery is good,
so why doesn’t this piece of shit work?

RELOJERO relax, it works just fine, next customer!


NARRATIVE (over traffic) IF WE’D RELY ON THE STATE
WE’D ALL STARVE TO DEATH


DEATHBED My name’s Mercedes, he’s Jose
We’ve been married 41 years and never had a fight
I am 80, she’s seven years younger

SALSA POLACA WHEN YOU STOP DANCING YOU DIE

HUSTLER we need to earn dollars, so we become hustlers, our women
prostitute themselves, the street inundated with delinquency

there are hardly any people with a noble heart left in this country
thanks to our poverty

of course not all of us know how to hustle
all women know how to be putas, that may well be their destiny
but very few men got what it takes to be a hustler


NEGRO CRISTO I am trying to fix up Jesus Christ, I am not a sculptor,
it’s just a little private restoration

THE ELECTRONIC REVOLUTION COMMERCIAL
(cut last words “for the electronic revolution”)
>> STEALING GLIMPSES OF WELL-OILED POVERTY

SONG: HUMANS FROM EARTH insert after MIRA YUMA

ONE DOLLAR over Italian with dollar hat

On fade out HAVE I IMAGINED IT LIKE THIS?


PAGE PROMESAS ((vieja laughing)) hee hee hee, how cute

San Lazaro is a saint with leprosy and all that

END PAGE PROMESAS OVER HAVANA PAN INSERT NARRATIVE:

EVERYONE HERE AGREES ON ONE THING
EVERYTHING’S ILLICIT
THIS IS WHERE THE EVERLASTING PROCESS OF
NEGOTIATION BEGINS

MULTAS Office of Fines Administration

That’s not legal,. people are fined selling candy and gadgets
-What’s the fine for urinating in the street?
40 pesos
-but I don’t see any public restrooms
well. there’s only this one over there
-for all of Havana?
yup
-so the fines business is booming, eh?
Nothing’s easy, my friend

2GARDENIAS two gardenias, one for you (one for the government)
to tell how that I love you, adore you, love of my life
behold, this is where our hearts become one
two gardenias for you, with the scent of a kiss
the kind of kiss only I could give you
but if one evening the gardenias of my love should die
I’ll know your love for me has ended thanks to some
other guy

CARTOON “SWALLOW ISM” / NEWS REEL “Fidel won’t listen”

HAVANA HIPPIE (Fidel) the magician makes his entrance in a flash, he tells me ‘bout
the world outside away from all the trash
It's all over town - the way you're laying it down
He says for me to leave it all and travel high with him - the sound of
time is all we have - so through it we must swim
It's all over town - the way you're laying it down

(Over American Interest Section )

High white towers and poplar trees
love potions, karma of the dead

Illuminated something books, inking velvet silver seas
Prussian cadmium, burnt Siena, prism into red
Moon in water, sun in glass, reflections skies in eyes
Clouds of angels pass you by and no one is surprised
The joker says he knows my name and he decides my fate
He wouldn't like a breakfast with decision on his plate
It's all over town - the way you're laying it down
They see the lights of liberty and you have had the cream
He hopes you will be satisfied from dropping out your dream

CIERTO CIERTO CIERTO Che, a doctor, plagued with asthma
who did a lot for humanity
struggling for the freedom of all the world’s poor
and that’s true, true, true, true
we adore him and keep his remains in Santa Clara
commemorated with precious monuments and sculptures

GRANMA 64 Che voice our eyes as free men allow us to see
what we as colonial slaves could not
that Western Civilization under its veneer of pleasantries
is hiding a pack of vulture capitalists and hyenas

UTOPIA ANIMATION MIX white woman part, add Joe McCarthy and other white
Woman “raw violence” keep, “the communists wouldn’t be
able to last 6 months.

CDR-ISTA want to see a picture of Fidel?
Look here, Fidel, his brother Raul, Almeida
I adore him, and look at all these awards
won in the spirit of the revolution
I still work as a social worker, I am an old woman of 87 or 85

RATMAN Cokita, show him your little thing, say, look, I am
a little female, check out my detail. See that?
Doesn’t come cheap, still a virgin and everything
what more could you ask for, Cuban and female

CAPITAL DE ROMA come on, take me with you to Italy
Paris? Oh, I love Paris and I love you!
Take me with you!
Rome, screw me in Rome!
I want to go to the capital of Rome, where’s that?
Wanna get a better look?
Let me get out of the way so you can shoot this Hollywood star
c
We’ll do anything you want in my little room, see the keys?
Go ahead, take a picture of the doggie as well
You can take him with you to Italy too
This photo. Look, will cost you one dollar

ANIMATED GUY Damn!

ARREGLANDO LADA would be helpful if you’d send us some tools
look, what a bunch of junk!

SOLIDARIDAD no merchandise, we’re experiencing
moments of solidarity

(RUMBA CON GANAS) my friend, this one’s fit to be smoked

Monday, always the day I pray for the best
my saint, bring me prosperity, opportunities,
health and help me stay out of trouble
hear my rumba with feeling
pull all strings to bring me things Papa Elegua
I am Cuban, where’re we headed? This one’s
fit to be smoked, make things happen for me

SIGNAGE quality is what sets us apart
an efficient store, a modern socialist business

FADE TO BLACK PAUSE extent beauty salon take 2 seconds

VIEJA NEGRA governments are one thing, and the people another
we’re Latin Americans, and for many years Americans
I have a lot of family in the States

SANTERO
every 19th of March, Afro Cuban rituals are held privately to call
upon the spirits that guide them with wisdom and enlightenment
in an ecstatic mix rooted in Congo with Christian influences

it is believed that Oshun, the Cuban equivalent of the Virgin
Mary will possess the Santero, who will on his behalf
impart guidance to participants on how to be a better person

a potent, tasty cocktail of rum and goat blood is generously
consumed to traditional rhythmic chants, plywood drums,
soup spoons and car parts. “Hear the Holy Words”

STREET NAMES Loyalty / Harmony / Virtues
((street ambience)) “Carrito de mani molido y en grano”

STREET CLEANER not all streets pay the same, the more centric, the more you earn
(INSERT ROGER DIRECT NARRATION)

The State provides for everything, I provide the labor and the
State does the rest

CARLOS PART 1 INTRO OVER GUY EATING “I steal this food”

MUSIC I AM STRUGGLING, AND WHAT FOR?

CARLOS PART 1 we’ll keep struggling for as long as God wants us to
there isn’t really anything else we can do

you kind of survive hustling for a peso in the street
but that really doesn’t buy you anything, things are
simply too expensive

those who receive dollars from abroad get by
but the rest of us is screwed

beef is strictly for tourists and export
tourism is everything, we Cubans come last

we have a pretty good saying here in Cuba

it’s better to put up with who you know as the “bad guy”
because you don’t know what the next “good guy” will be like


TOOTHLESS I am an old man with high blood pressure and an empty stomach

TIA CANDELA I hope my building will soon become a museum
I live in an interior yard, it’s not really what you can call a
building, now it’s sort of a restaurant, in the past people called
restaurants fondas, but now they call them restaurants
The door to my building has these old buttons, nails,
you know, what do they call them, buttons, those nails,
those nice bolts, your know, those things they put on old doors
with what I used to earn, even though it was not a lot, I was able
to buy a dining table and six chairs, that today are valuable
antiques, so I have to take really good care of them
I bought all kinds of stuff, for a few pesos, irons, pumps
and stuff like that, / CANDY TILT / one or two? Two, thanks!
we had purchasing power, things were cheap, and food was
cheap, you could buy sopa for 10 centavos, a bar of soap
didn’t cost much, stuff was much cheaper then, much cheaper.

LAMPARAS VIEJAS on my route, selling old lamps
NEGRA 1 DOLLAR hey you!
No no no, first give one dollar (ONE DOLLAR audio)

LAMPARAS VIEJAS old lamps, gotta keep selling, see you later
Buy yourself one tomorrow
And how are things going?
Well, we’re struggling, this is what you call struggle

REVOLUCIONARIOS

Get to work, revolutionaries! Hands on!

I don’t care what they say,
I’ll stick around, keeping my mouth shut,
struggling with our everyday problems
in love with life

We Cubans are spread out all over the world
asking ourselves, why we must endure this curse,
when only a few old fuckers, who hate each other
keep us separated, so distinct, so equal, so peculiar, so special

I ask myself if my child will inherit the same plight
this poison of love and hate, like a bad marriage

How many more times will we have to cross the sea
only to face yet another nightmare

How many more times will we have to cross the sea


How much longer, until we learn how to say “I’m sorry, it’s my fault”
Let’s give it a shot!

We, the revolutionaries, Cubans all over the world,
united as brothers, we’re a people,
do the best you can to reconcile, dare to love one another!

How much longer will I have to bear the loose ends of my identity?

How much longer will we have to struggle, stuck, fighting
against our own objectives


DIRECTORA DE ESCUELA welcome back to school, and remember, discipline is
very, very important

FOOTBALL GAME INSERT BBH COMMERCIAL 15 seconds LOCO

LAGRIMAS NEGRAS INSERT MUSIC VIDEO

HOMBRE ESCOMBRO chico, if there’s a possibility, if you can make it happen,
you know, I am not a person to expect anything from
anyone, but I have always wanted one of those lighters,
you know, shaped like a pistol or something, when you
flick it, it sparks and spits out a flame

last month on the 16th my mother died, on the 29th my
wife died and then my aunt died on the 31st

I don’t ask for anything, I help people and some say
hey, I pay this guy something…

BASEBALL KIDS Let’s go!
What a butthead, trying to make it to third base

GUAJIRO FELIZ Look at this guy, he lives in the middle of nowhere
with his wife, working hard in the field, I want you
to get an idea of how happy he is, this Cuban farmer

I envy him. He basically owns nothing.
Not even a smoke. The only thing he can count on
are the arms of his baby girl, his wife and check it out,
he’s happy, no hat, no smoke, no rum, but dig the
tranquility, add some rum and a smoke and he’ll
be even happier.

What would you trade for this life?

I don’t know, I grew up here and I am still here today.

But you lack nothing?

Sure we could use lots of stuff. Granted,
you may laugh at this wooden shack we live in, but I
feel just fine, better than in town, I can’t stand town,
that constant ballyhoo

See how happy he is, get my drift? He’s content.

CHULA

ESQUINA CALIENTE In Central Park, at the so called “Hot Corner” you
you may let loose, sort of, and do what is otherwise
taboo: opine and emotionally engage in debate

however, exclusively related to baseball and boxing


GUAGUA WALK BY go go go, hey, one dollar to take my picture
Sure thing, Let’s have it! I’ll pay you tomorrow


ACROSS CAPITOLIO I know of a guy who’s been living on the street for over
two years, he sleeps in the park, looks like he has a bad
back and maybe pneumonia

CARLOS 81 Carlos of 81 years is smoking a cigar on the malecon.
For him life prior to fifty-nine was better. He had a
store then. Fidel disowned him and gave him 900
pesos. I won’t see this mierda changing in my life
time, and it if did, what’s the difference, my life is spent.

HAVANA SUNSET NARRATION I ASK THEM HOW A BETTER
IS POSSBLE, WHAT SHOULD I
DO TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
AND WHAT DOES A BETTER
WORLD MEAN?

LAVANDO ROPA

HEY MY MOTHER IS A SAINT, I’D TRADE HER
FOR A WASHING MACHINE
(over Negro Muscle guy)


OBRA EN DEMOLICION


LEO CANA THERE ISN’T AN OUNCE OF DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
CAPITALISM, SOCIALISM OR ANY OTHER ISM -
THEY ALL CONVERGE IN A MORE OR OFTEN LESS
SUCCESSFUL MODEL OF HUNGER MANAGEMENT

ECONOMY HAS BECOME THE GOAL IN ITSELF

IF WE TRULY WANT A BETTER DEAL___COMPLETE

TIO CANASTA (COMMERCIAL COLLAGE) communist conspiracy is the
deliberate plan of action to subvert the world, (yoddle)..
did anyone say McDonalds? The 79 dollar getaway from
Econolodge, America, --- you are getting rich, ----
the land of opportunity...30 year mortgage anyone?
Does truth exist, one dollar. Honey are you going online
already, it’s only 6 am



ROGER TUNE I remember when you said, we’d all survive, and I remember
when the best of us were still alive, gotta know where the
bodies are buried,….


FADE IN BYE BYE HAVANA THEME


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