This was definitely my favorite day of the trip. Though we did not go to as many individual places, the places we did go to meant more to me personally and had more of an impact than the places on the other days did. It was also bittersweet being the last scheduled day of the trip because I couldn’t believe we only had the free day left afterwards. The trip seemed to go by so fast and I wasn’t ready for it to be over yet.
The International School of Film and TV was incredible and I am so tempted to try and go there some day. The Steven Spielberg quote that he wrote on the wall was one of my favorite parts since he’s one of my favorite directors, but everything about that school sounded fantastic to me. It was also breathtakingly beautiful and there was green everywhere. I was impressed by the studio and their ability to build sets to use for filming. I also liked the class sizes. There were only five or six students per discipline per year. I think that would be so great because you form a great team with your classmates. I also like that it wasn’t too far from Havana to go to other things from time to time.
ICAP was also very interesting because I didn’t know what to expect going into it. It definitely ended up being one of the more valuable parts of the trip to be able to speak candidly and ask questions about Cuba and the relationship between Cuba and the United States. I learned more in that one meeting than I did during our unit on Cuba in my IB History class in high school. I feel like I am more prepared to discuss my experiences in Cuba and the country in general after that meeting. I feel let down by the American education system because it is ridiculous that the American people know so little about a country that is so close to us. I think that if we were better educated on the subject then we would be able to handle the relationship between the two countries in a much more appropriate and healthy manner.
The movie on day six was my favorite of the narrative films. Despite Sergio and Sergei
not having English subtitles for parts of it, I was able to understand most of what was happening. The occasional English scenes with Ron Perlman and AJ Buckley definitely helped, though. Once again, there were a few plot lines that didn’t seem to really relate to the main story, like when Sergio and his neighbor started making rum. However, I thought this story was the most unique of any we had seen and I thought the interaction between the main characters was especially interesting since it is entirely over radio and they never actually meet in person. Despite this, each interaction was genuine and remained interesting. The characters sometimes moved around while they talked, so it kept the visual interest up.