* True/False Film Fest (Columbia, MO, USA)
* NY Human Rights Watch (USA)
* New York Latino Film Festival (USA)
* Boston Latino Film Festival (USA)
* Third Horizon Film Festival (Miami, USA)
* Jerusalem Anthropological Film Festival (Israel)
* Jayu Human Rights Film Festival (Toronto, Canada)
* Open City Docs (London, UK)
* One World International Film Festival (Czech Republic)
* Docudays UA (Kharkiv, Ukraine)
* One World Brussels (Belgium)
* Dok.Fest Münich (Germany)
* Without Borders Filmfestival

* Festival de films Pêcheurs du monde, Long film Category, Prix du Jury Jeunes
* Prix Grain e de Cinéphage at the Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil
* The Main Award of the DOCU/WORLD competition was received by the film Voices of the Sea by the British filmmaker Kim Hopkins “for the powerful and touchy and warm characters, for the love that wins above everything, for the sensitive camera that brings harmony of characters within the environment.”
* Best documentary - New York Latino International Film festival
* Best documentary - Boston Latino International Film Festival

Voices of the Sea

Category |Current Affairs, Human Interest, Social Issues
Year | 2018
Country | UK
Running time | 90’ & 52’
Format | HD
Production | Labor of Love Films Ltd
Director | Kim Hopkins

Voices of the Sea takes place in a remote fishing village in Cuba. Mariela’s (30’s) first husband drowned trying to flee Cuba on a raft. Mariela’s second husband is aging fisherman Orlando. Together with their four children they subsist, caught in a Cold War time warp of limitation, lacking even the basics, yet they’re deeply in love.

Whilst Mariela weighs leaving the family and risking her life escaping, Orlando devotes himself to fishing on the open sea, and passing on his craft to their teenage son; a craft integral to his own identity, his code of behavior and nature’s order. Whereas Mariela represents the younger generation yearning for opportunity, Orlando accepts his mortality and place in the world with grace, wisdom and wit.

Mariela’s unrest only increases after brother Roilan reaches the U.S. on a homemade boat. She is also undeterred by their neighbors’ first failed escape attempt, and follows the debacle avidly after they reach an abandoned American lighthouse near Key West, Florida on their second escape attempt.

Orlando doesn’t believe that the “illusionary” American dream would compensate the pain of family separation. But, the increasing number of American tourists is driving up prices as the island’s limited resources are diverted into tourism. It’s a heartbreaking dilemma. Will Mariela make her desperate plunge into the unknown?>

Voices of the Sea presents a balanced, empathic and distinctly lyrical portrait of contemporary Cuban realities, hopes and dreams in an age of political uncertainties, vying Chinese, Russian, and U.S. interests, and still constricted freedoms.   

"A poignant, sensitive portrait of desperation, love, and survival in a beautiful place, one that is intimately Cuban, but with much wider relevance, too, in the midst of the global refugee crisis."
    - Flickfilosopher, by MaryAnn Johanson

"Kim's award-winning film follows a young mother who yearns to escape the unending hardships of a remote Cuban fishing village in search of a false and potentially fatal American Dream."
      - by Charles Hutchinson, The Press



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