• Still from Touch the Light

    Still from Touch the Light

The Film

In the heart of Havana, an enigmatic city infused with vibrant art, world-class music, and vivid displays of faith, we find an unusual story depicting the fiery Cuban spirit. Every month, scores of blind people meet to watch Cuban films accompanied by detailed audio descriptions. Tickets cost four cents, and the films play in a 1950's gold and red theater.

Among the filmgoers are Lis, a flamenco singer who uses music and Santería rituals to overcome a spiritual crisis; Milly, a young woman who has survived three near-death experiences, and fights for independence from her parents; and Margarita, a former member of the all-blind militia who seeks companionship after losing her husband and best friend.

The film begins at the cinema club with a screening of an historical film about women’s liberation and then follows the novelesque personal stories of our heroines in depth. Over the course of two and a half years, we witness their struggles with illness and disability, their loss of loved ones, and their fight to succeed. Through its intimate portrayal of these women and their families, Touch the Light offers a deeply intimate account of Cubans with disabilities.

The Filmmakers

  1. Jennifer RedfearnProducer/Director
  2. Tim MetzgerProducer