Title: BLONDIE: VIVIR EN LA HABANA
In 2019, the legendary American rock band Blondie was invited to perform in Havana, Cuba as part of a cultural exchange through the Cuban Ministry of Culture. This was a 40 year dream come true for the influential band, especially for one of its founding members, songwriter & guitarist Chris Stein who had longed to visit Cuba for most of his life. Artist and director Rob Roth documented this special moment and career highlight by shooting a short film called “BLONDIE: VIVIR EN LA HABANA”. The film is broken up into 3 parts – Water, Fire and Air – and present a meditation on the experience as well as highlights from the two-night live musical performances with special guests Alain Perez, David Torrens and Afro-Cuban rock band Sintesis at Havana’s famous Teatro Mella. Filmed in hauntingly beautiful 16mm, 8mm film and digital the triptych becomes a poetic representation of the past and the present, of dreams and reality. With narration from Blondie founders Debbie Harry, Chris Stein, and Clem Burke, providing a glimpse into the passion and beauty they discovered in Havana and the magic moments of performing alongside incredible Cuban musicians. “BLONDIE: VIVIR EN LA HABANA” explores subjects ranging from the influence of Cuban artists, the crossover from Havana to NYC, politics and the disappointment that Chris Stein unexpectedly didn’t go on the trip.
It is a dream-like portrait of this legendary band’s first experience in Havana and of the magical exchange between musicians from the two cities each call home and their intertwined influence.