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On the Starting Line
© Dublin Films
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

Aldemar Matías

IMAGE

Aldemar Matías

SON

Alban Henriquez

MONTAGE

Jeanne Oberson

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Dublin Films

PARTICIPATION

Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Procirep, Angoa-Agicoa, CNC, TV 7 Bordeaux

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

FiGa Films

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Jenniffer est une jeune sportive qui remet en question son engagement dans l’équipe nationale d’athlétisme de Cuba. Sa mère, Marbelis, dirige d’une main de fer un établissement de santé public à La Havane. Alors que son jeune frère, s’apprête à quitter le pays, les doutes de Jenniffer se renforcent. Cette chronique familiale intimiste et sensible dresse le portrait d’une jeunesse dans un pays à l’avenir incertain.

Cuba – a country in transition. Jenniffer, in her early twenties, lives with her mother Marbelis and brother Yeyo; her father is in prison. Marbelis works for the government disinfection department; she wears herself out for her children and supports her daughter’s athletics career more than just financially. However, Jenniffer is currently nursing an injury and is considering quitting the sport.
The camera captures Jenniffer’s life in an unassuming, almost casual way, documenting her loving relationship with her worried mother, her close bond to her brother who is planning to leave the country, her conversations with friends about their complex feelings for Cuba and where they hope to be in ten years’ time, and, repeatedly, training on the athletics field. Scenes of sacrifices made to the goddess Oshun, or faces illuminated by mobile phones on "Wifi Square", reveal the contrast between tradition and the modern world without explicitly addressing the topic. Jenniffer’s own transformation and uncertainty about her future are also subtly revealed. She is poised on the starting blocks – and not just in the 100-meter dash. A quietly subtle and sensitive portrait of a family.

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