The first place we went was an art school called Instituto Superior de Arte. It was designed to resemble parts of the woman’s reproductive system because the school’s job was to produce newly formed people. The architecture was very unique and came together in a nice way. I also liked seeing art as we walked around. There were some large metal flowers in the distance as we walked up to the main building and coming back, there was a large art piece in the shape of a kitchen knife. I enjoyed seeing how the work was integrated into the construction of the school and thought it added a more unique element.
The University of Havana was incredibly beautiful. The buildings were impressively large and old even though the campus itself was not too big. There was even a tank in the part of the school where we began our tour. Our tour guide was really helpful and I really liked when he was able to answer questions. Even though I didn’t have any to ask, hearing the answers to other people’s questions helped me to better understand the university and the culture of education in Cuba. I’m not sure I like how their majors are chosen, but I was overall very impressed by their educational system.
I had forgotten that Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba for a while, and I was excited when I learned we were going to visit his house. I was shocked at how well preserved everything was and grateful that it was able to be kept that way for people to view. His office up in the tower seemed like the perfect place to get away from people and work for a while. I couldn’t believe how many of his possessions were still there. I liked being able to see all of his books how his rooms were set up. The views from around the property were spectacular and I completely understand why anyone would want to live somewhere like that.
This film was my absolute favorite. It was a documentary called The Color of the Chameleon. I was pretty sure I would like this film going into it because I have always been a huge fan of documentaries and I want to make them one day. The filmmaker seemed like an awesome guy and I wish I could have met him after the film. I liked his style of filmmaking and how he inserted himself into the documentary. I also appreciated his dedication to the project and how obvious it was that he cares about his family a lot. Seeing his understanding of his dad’s story unfold on screen was beautiful. As I am about to film a documentary focusing on my family for my capstone, I was paying particular attention to how he interacted with the story as both a character in the film and as the filmmaker. The film definitely gave me a few things to think about in regards to my own future projects.