Havana, from on High


TIFF Lightbox 3 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 2:45 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Sat, Apr 27, 2019 10:15 AM
TIFF Lightbox 2 Fri, May 3, 2019 10:00 AM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Urban Cultures & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Pedro Ruiz
Producer(s):Arantza Maldonado
Editor(s):Pedro Ruiz
Cinematography:Pedro Ruiz
Composer:Jérémi Roy
Sound:René Portillo


High above the streets of Central Havana, some of its poorest citizens are forced into rooftop homes by a chronic city-wide housing shortage. Director Pedro Ruiz captures the lives of 11 of these rooftop dwellers, all with a unique perspective on the happenings on the streets below. Each of the resilient characters speaks of the personal hardships and experiences they've faced since the founding of a revolutionary government. Their lives are about to change again as they find themselves in a moment of national transformation and a drastically changing relationship with the encroaching forces of the United States and capitalism. With the help of stunning cinematography and inspired soundscapes, Ruiz skillfully interweaves these stories to create a vibrant tapestry of a city and country once again in the grips of major upheaval. Aisha Jamal

Co-presented with Regent Park Film Festival

Canadian Spectrum program sponsored by TVO.

Additional Information

  • POV - "Depicted with its own style of visuals, sounds and rhythm, the rooftops are their own realm."