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A Paradise
Director:Jayisha Patel
Screenplay: Jayisha Patel
Photography: Jayisha Patel
Sdition: Jayisha Patel
Sound: Diana Montero
Production: Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los baños
Producers: Jayisha Patel, Pablo Barban


Wednesday 7th - 18:00
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Thursday 8th - 21:30
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Poster Un Paraíso

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Un Paraíso (A Paradise)

Jayisha Patel
14' / 2013 / Cuba
Web: www.jayishapatel.com

Audience vote 5.78

Director Jayisha Patel travels to the province of Granma, Cuba, named after the yacht with which Fidel Castro, Ernesto Che Guevara and their revolutionaries landed in Cuba in 1956. There, she encounters a young family who mourn the death of their son, who at merely twelve years of age has committed suicide. The province is known for its loyalty to the revolution. It is lesser known for the tragic fact concerning the high suicide rate amongst youth. The film depicts the families' grieving, who, accompanied by the community, search for affirmation in life.

Main Festivals & Awards

64th Berlin International Film Festival – Nominated for Shorts Golden Bear Award, World Premiere

Director's Biography

Jayisha Patel is a British filmmaker of Indian origin. Born in London, in 1987, she studied Economics at the University of Nottingham. Her first short film, Gentle Men went on to win numerous awards including. After working on documentary productions in India, UK, and France, she moved to Cuba to study film at the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV), where she is currently in her final year. Her time there has included living in a remote part of the Sierra Maestra Mountains where she filmed, A Paradise, nominated for the shorts Golden Bear Award at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. She is attracted to stories that explore uncomfortable human emotions and to the life of those who live on the fringes of society. She is currently developing her first feature documentary, Ghosts of Buey Arriba, selected for the 10th Ibero – American Co -Production Meeting and Doculab events at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.



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