Rafael 2 Sun, May 5, 2019 8:00 PM
Film Info
Running Time:88 min.
Premiere Status:California
Director:Mia Tate
Producer:Tchavdar Georgiev
Screenwriter:Michael Chandler
Mia Tate
Cinematographer:Roberto Chile
Curt Wallin
Editor:Michael Chandler
Print Source:Big Hat Productions
Note Writer:Kelly Clement


Two hours west of Havana lies the small tobacco-growing village of Vinales where amateur photographer Carl Oelerich began a journey that would change his life. For 15 years, Oelerich, a skycap at the Salt Lake City airport, has annually snuck himself into Cuba to capture photos of the lush landscapes and simple campesino life on the brink of change. Over the years, he has formed a close bond with the community’s colorful characters, like philosophical 98-year-old cowboy Modesto, third-generation cockfighter José, and humble farmer Giovanni, who is also a wicked salsa dancer. Using Oelerich's striking black-and-white images as anchors, director Mia Tate has delivered a vibrant glimpse into the lives and culture of a people as they open their hearts and homes in lasting friendship.

IN PERSON: Director Mia Tate

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Additional Information

Campesino is the directorial debut for industry professional Mia Tate, whose career as an actress for over 15 years includes working with such greats as the Coen Brothers, Antonio Banderas, George Clooney, Spike Jonze, and Bill Condon. Tate moved into production 6 years ago, producing and honing her love for writing. She currently has a docu-series and episodic series in pre-production.