Why Film in Cuba

Cuba is an island country in the Caribbean only 90 miles south the U.S. to over 11 million people and is the most populous island nation in the Caribbean, as well as the largest by area. Its people, culture, and customs draw from unique and diverse sources, such as the aboriginal Taíno and Ciboney peoples, the period of Spanish colonialism and the introduction of African slaves. In addition, Cuba has some of the best educated labor forces in the world, due to an exceptional 99.8% literacy rate.

Geographically, Cuba is an untouched paradise. In 2006, Cuba was the only nation in the world which met the World Wide Fund for Nature’s definition of sustainable development; having an ecological footprint of less than 1.8 hectares per capita and a Human Development Index of over 0.8 for 2007. This makes the island an ideal backdrop for ecological and nature projects.

On top of this, Cuba is also home to nine UNESCO sites. Properties inscribed on the World Heritage List include: Cultural – Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations in the South-East of Cuba – Historic Centre of Camagüey – Old Havana and its Fortifications – San Pedro de la Roca Castle – Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios – Urban Historic Centre of Cienfuegos – Viñales Valley – NATURE – Alejando de Humboldt National Park – Desembarco del Granma National Park – TENTATIVE LIST – National Schools of Art – Ciénaga de Zapata National Park – Reef System in the Cuban Caribbean.

Cuban has a special and unique cultural make-up, influenced by its melting pot of Spain and African immigrants. This diversity has made Cuba the birthplace of many musical and dance styles. The central form of music in Cuba is Son, which has been the basis of many other musical styles like salsa, rumba and mambo and an upbeat derivation of the rumba, the cha-cha-cha. Rumba music originated in early Afro-Cuban culture. The Tres was also invented in Cuba, but other traditional Cuban instruments are of African origin, Taíno origin, or both, such as the maracas, güiro, marimba and various wooden drums including the mayohuacan. Popular Cuban music and dance of all styles has been enjoyed and praised widely across the world.

Cuba also has over 200 beaches, of which Varadero Beach, the Eastern Havana Beaches (Playas del Este) or the unexplored keys (Cayo Largo, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo,…) are good examples. Out of the 588 kilometers of the beaches of Cuba, 256 of its foreshores are comprised in the country’s twelve major tourist circuits, all of them outfitted with great hotel and nautical facilities for filming underwater or on sea.
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