Cuba’s economic turmoil forces Jesús to pursue his life-long dream of becoming a Drag Queen. His estranged father’s sudden appearance however, hinders his ability to continue to explore his passion. Nevertheless, hope resurfaces as destiny pushes him to choose between doing what he loves, or continue to suppress his identity.
Viva exceptionally highlights the need to embrace our identities regardless of our loved ones’ perception of who we should be. The importance of moral support, self-preservation and emotional intelligence is also further emphasised by the film’s intense portrayal of toxic relationships and its effects on all aspects of our health. Overall, the story that is illustrated serves to remind each and everyone of us that it is never too late to pursue our dreams and/or to help a friend fulfill their dreams as well.
*The recommended snack for this film is: Rum!!
Luis Alberto García: Society tends to define maternal love as the only type of love capable of unconditional caring and forgiveness. Perhaps, this is why García’s character was named Mama. Whatever the reason, his portrayal of raw emotion and passion further enhanced his performance as a whole and, undoubtedly, made us raise our expectations towards those that claim to be our supporters, “no matter what.”
Héctor Medina: Jesús easily found his way into our hearts throughout the film thanks to his kind and honorable intentions. As he continued to develop his character however, Medina was able to engrave him into our minds as a paramount role model for those of us who constantly ignore the skills and talents that reside within us – especially when we try to stifle them with our own insecurities.