Telling a story without words // An interview with Ezaram Vambe about his film "In Havana"

Vibrant. Colorful. Emotional - Three words that describe "In Havana," a new short film by Ezaram Vambe. In this beautiful portrait of such an intense and historic location, you're transported to an intimate tour through the hidden streets of this living, breathing city. So many incredible things are conveyed without any dialogue, having the captivating imagery and orchestral soundtrack lead you through the poignant landscape.

We caught up with Vambe to get more insight into his process of capturing the "feeling" of Havana and how he found the right score for this film using the classical music from Broque.


M: What inspired you to make a film about Havana?

EV: I've often been asked about my experience in Havana by friends and family and I've always struggled to find the right words to effectively describe this place and its people. I wanted to make a video that would somehow recreate the "feeling of being in Havana" as I found Havana to be an extremely unique and captivating city that captures a traveller's attention on many different levels. 

M: What was your experience like traveling in Cuba?

EV: Traveling in Cuba has been interesting and rewarding and, although I have come across less than ideal living conditions when compared to western standards, I have found the atmosphere to be magical and part of that magic is due to the character of the people. 

M: What went into finding the right soundtrack for this film?

EV: For this film I wanted to use a soundtrack that could somehow compliment the images without transposing their meaning. I wanted to chose music that would reinforce the atmosphere and the emotion created by the images and felt that an instrumental track with a latin tinge would be a good place to start. On finding "Tarrega Minor" by Broque I immediately felt that this piece expressed the same tenderness and melancholy that I was looking for. I was able to filter through the wide selection of music on Marmoset by using filters such as genre, mood and instrument. The process of choosing the right music for my film was made easier and in the end I was very satisfied with the result.

M: What projects do you have coming up?

EV: Currently I am working on an idea for a short documentary film that I would like to shoot in Cuba in 2015.