Cuban-American Film Maker Faces Civil Penalties For Ignoring U.S. Rules

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Oct. 21, 2005: Cuban-American, Luis Moro is an independent filmmaker who while attending the 2003 Havana International Film Festival, filmed Love & Suicide. Now he faces civil monetary or criminal penalties because he violated the 45-year-old U.S. embargo.

Moro, who also starred in the film, is legally unable to screen the film across the U.S. But he’s comforting himself with the fact that he can still show it any where in the world and also use the Internet to sell copies in order to recoup some of the expenses he incurred for the production.

U.S. rules on Cuba are tight as the Bush administration hopes its continued embargo and tougher rules will help to force Fidel Castro from power.

It requires a license for travel there and limits filmmakers’ licenses to only those doing academic research or for education purposes.

Mora insists he did not knowingly break the law, which states specifically, “The making of a documentary film is a legitimate basis for issuing a license only if it is a vehicle for the presentation of the research conducted.”

Still Mora says, “We’re all the same, humans. It’s time the people in government stop letting the politics determine the day, but rather let humanity, compassion and dignity determine our course.”

The film, reportedly the first to be shot in Cuba since 1959, captures amazing scenes from Cuba, not always readily available to the U.S. viewer. It is a unique love story of Tomas (Kamar De Le Reyes) who has all the success and awards a man could want in NYC, but matter how much he tries, he cannot have his long lost love.

But he then goes to Cuba and discovers the one thing between ‘Love and Suicide’ as he falls in love with Nina (Daisy McClakin), a gipsy-type flower child.

The film was mostly shot using wireless microphones and a digital camera the size of a shoebox Moro traveled to Cuba with about 10 Americans – actors, a director and a cinematographer.

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