MUSICA O MUERTE: Destined to Freedom
A story of the most famous Cuban band that cannot perform
The main character of the film is an aging Cuban rocker Gorki, the frontman of the famous punk band Porno Para Ricardo who has fought against the communist regime in his homeland for many years. We meet him when his resistance and protest are replaced by weariness and disappointment. Many people have already given up their fight against the system; most of them have fled the country. Gorki never wanted to admit this possibility of escaping the reality. However, now he begins to flirt with this idea, imagining what his life could look like e.g. in the United States where many Cuban refugees and dissidents live. Still, is this the right moment to leave everything behind? Does it mean that one betrays his own country and himself? After many years of endeavours, Gorki is about to make a decision of a lifetime, which is the main topic of the documentary film.
Through Gorki’s saying goodbye to his homeland, the film describes the real character of the anti-regime activities, i.e. the poverty in which people fighting against the regime live, or the constant bullying and surveillance that they are subjected to. And it also opens other powerful stories of people from the punk music scene. The most urgent is the protest of the members of Los Frikis band who in 1990s consciously decided to infect themselves with the HIV virus so that, as infectious individuals, they could be isolated in sanatoriums, which musicians considered a relatively free space then. Most of Los Frikis have already died, surviving Gerson and his wife Yoandra, who has had her legs amputated because of her illness and is wheel-chair bound, live in a decaying building of a former sanatorium that nature takes back gradually. Both punk rockers humbly wait what the following day will bring and they meet Gorki in the moment of his deciding if he should leave the country.