A Place Called Home / Mi Tierra, Mi Hogar documents the journey of one man who, at 8 years old, moved with his mother to America to start a new life. This film was shot in Cuba over eight days in January 2014 in collaboration with Brent Foster.
The story of ‘home’ is one I’ve been wanting to tell for awhile. I had previously shot a project dealing with the idea of ‘home’ but wasn’t happy with it so never released it. When Brent, mentioned that he wanted to check out Cuba, I was extremely excited and thought that this may be a good opportunity to revisit this concept.
For this film we wanted to document – from the perspective of a past resident – how Cuba has transformed over time. Our lead character, who has longed for a place to call ‘home’, revisits his past memories and childhood hangout spots in Cuba after having spent 15 years in the United States.
Our approach for the project was very observational. We didn’t come in with a set shot list of storyline but knew our general focus for the project. It was great as we were able to have film at a very nice pace and just capture things as they happened. We took a hybrid approach as we made sure to look at the trip as a vacation and a time to recharge.
DIRECTORS Brent Foster & Preston Kanak
CINEMATOGRAPHERS Brent Foster & Preston Kanak