Two years ago I started working on a documentary about the history of the most mysterious and controversial military base in US history. I took a camera and my director of photography to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and what we found out would surprise you! The name of the film is Memories of Guantanamo.
Though most people think of Guantanamo as a prison site, it’s actually a small little town, just like many small towns in America. It turns out that Guantanamo Bay is one of the safest places in America to raise a family. It’s got a McDonalds and a Taco Bell; a bowling alley and movie theater; swimming pools and a high school. Sure it’s the only US military base on communist soil and is guarded by young Marines with watchful eyes. But the people who live there are about some of the nicest people you’d ever meet. For this film, we interviewed over 30 people: civilians, military personnel, dependents, refugees, lawyers and academics about their personal experience with the history of this unique military base.
The film is currently in post-production and we’re hoping to have it complete in 2015. Our distribution plans are flexible as we’re still seeking a distribution partner.