Rotilla: Electronic Music And Freedom Of Expression In Cuba

A recent documentary chronicles the origins, purpose and future of Cuba’s underground electronic music festival – and the current notion of freedom of expression in the communist country.

A recent Monocolumn piece discussed Rotilla, an electronic music festival held in Cuba this summer as a means for Cuba’s youth (physically and spiritually) to exercise personal liberty and express dissent and contrary views to those held by the country’s Communist government. A documentary chronicling the origins of the event, its purpose and the founders’ desired direction, can be viewed here.

What makes the festival impressive is its origins – started by a few musicians, DJs and lovers of electronic music that wanted to celebrate independence and liberty, express views contrary to the government’s, and ultimately change Cuba’s perception in the world. What ultimately makes it so curious is HOW they have managed to organize and execute the increasingly large (and characteristically debaucherous) event since 1998 – without the communist and notoriously freedom-squelching government silencing them or shutting them down. Does the government stand to benefit from this seemingly radical musical event and form of self-expression?

The documentary also makes note of Matraka’s involvement. Matraka is a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of individuals and community groups in Cuba, especially from the independent world. Matraka’s founder aims to develop opportunities for alternative artists to perform, record and be distributed (in and outside of Cuba?).

Watch the video below:


ROTILLA DOCUMENTAL (english subtitles) from Filmaciones de la Ciudad on Vimeo.

Rotilla Documentary

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