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  • A group of young Cuban boxers fights not only for their own dreams, for the fading memory of the Revolution.

    A group of young Cuban boxers fights not only for their own dreams, for the fading memory of the Revolution.

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  • Close up image of young Cuban boxer Christian Martinez, with other young boxers in the background

    Close up image of young Cuban boxer Christian Martinez, with other young boxers in the background

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  • Close up image of young Cuban boxer Santos Urguelles

    Close up image of young Cuban boxer Santos Urguelles

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  • Santos Urguelles with boxing gloves

    Santos Urguelles with boxing gloves

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    Christian Martinez with boxing gloves

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  • Young boxers profiled in Sons of Cuba

    Young boxers profiled in Sons of Cuba

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The Film

In the last seven Olympic Games in which Cuba has competed, it has won a staggering 32 medals for boxing. The world knows the names of the great Cuban boxers: Stevenson, Savon, Kindelan and Rigondeaux, but few people know how this secretive third-world island produces such an endless stream of champions.

Every year, some 25 boys aged between 9 and 11, chosen from hundreds of young hopefuls, are selected to attend The Havana Boxing Academy. The state pays for their accommodation, training, and lodging; and through a strict training regime, starts them on the road to becoming the best boxers in the world. The routine is intense. The boys are awakened at 4:00 AM every morning to train for two hours in the dark. Their meager breakfast is a single egg and a cup of milk, before they attend a full day of (often politically motivated) lessons at the local primary school. At 4:30 PM they are back on the training ground for another two hours.

Sons of Cuba follows the stories of three young hopefuls — Cristian, Santos, and Junior — as they prepare for the most important tournament of their young careers: Cuba’s Under-12 National Boxing Championship.

The Filmmakers

  1. Andrew LangProducer/Director
  2. Laura GilesProducer
  3. Francine HeywoodProducer