The Task

La tarea

  • Rhiannon Stevens O'Sullivan
  • Australia, Cuba, Brazil
  • 2013
  • 21 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary
It's a regular workday for an elderly Cuban guard, and there's not much going on. Sometimes he sits on a bench by the river, sometimes on a chair near the parking lot. Wherever he is, he spends his time watching passersby while schoolboys play in the trees above him. When a young filmmaker interrupts his routine, at first he doesn't want to reveal why he's working here. But gradually she attracts his interest, and soon the roles are reversed and he's the one who is observing and commenting. As he abandons his position and wanders out of view to interrogate her behind the camera, their encounter becomes a reflection on hierarchies within cinema and beyond, between youth and age, past and future. Their brief conversations have a philosophical undertone and expose the great generation gap in Cuba.


  • 21 min
  • color
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles in: English
Rhiannon Stevens O'Sullivan
Tati Mitre for EICTV
Giovanna Pezzo
Juanjo Cid
Gilda Gabriela Mata Parducci

IDFA history

World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

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