Personal Voices: A Movie That Touches The Heart
I saw a most incredible and moving film the other day; it is called Miel Para Oshun (Honey for Oshun).
Filmed in Cuba, it tells the story of Roberto, a man who returns to Cuba to find his mother. Thirty-two years earlier he was taken by his father on a boat to Florida. He was told his mother did not want to go. With his father now deceased he sets out on a journey to find his mother and learn why she stayed behind.
With several important stories or messages woven in, the movie flows easily and deeply into the heart (or it did mine and my friend who watched it with me).
Not only can one see and feel what it is like in Cuba but one can see the people, their strength, their passion and their expressive way of life. One can also be touched by the mixed blessings of migration and life in the U.S. One can feel the sacrifice of leaving behind a mother and the pain of not being able to return for a long time because of politics. It also shows (without saying) the effects of the U.S. embargo. But primarily "Honey For Oshun" is a movie about longing for and searching for the love of a mother.
This movie touched me so deeply because I spent six years searching for my own mother, who left me at birth. It also touched my heart because when I found my mother (who turned out to be dead), I also found my Cuban-American father. When I started my search I had no idea of what I would find and the results were shocking. I didn't know where I came from, but now I have embraced my history or at least that which feels true to my heart.
I have been to Cuba twice, as part of my post-search, which then led to another type of searching. My feelings about the culture, the revolution and my people are a mixed bag of emotions. But overall I feel strong, passionate and expressive.
I cried a few times in the first scenes when I saw La Habana, for I have walked those streets with feet that love that pavement. For those of you who also have been to beloved Cuba you too will be flooded with memories.
I highly recommend this film. It is a very powerful film about one man's story with themes we can all relate to; loss, wondering, longing and searching.
Anjahni Davi is a marrriage and family therapy intern who works with the mentally ill at the Santa Rita county jail in Calif.