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Video: Hot Pink in Havana

A Cuban history lesson from the passenger seat of a vintage Buick.

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By Stephen Friedman


6 Jul 2018 - 7 Minute Read


In many ways, Cuba is frozen in the 1960s. You’ll see vintage cars being used as taxis all over Havana – they’re an emblematic part of the city – so we wanted to do a story about them. A guy at our hotel introduced us to Michael, the taxi driver in this video. His car is beautiful, like a museum piece – looking at it is actually better than being in it. He showed us the special horn he designed, which can play any song.

Riding around in a classic car is a bit of a tourist stereotype, but the best part about being driven by Michael is hearing about the history of Cuba as he drove. He also told us that he has a goal of reading a page from the dictionary each day, in order to improve his English.

Meeting Michael was really important to this project, because he introduced us to a number of locals who inspired other videos.

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Stephen was born in South Africa. A former professional surfer and male model, he made his mark in the television and film industry by creating, producing, and selling his first title ("The Blueprint") to Fox Networks at the age of 23. His production company, Save Your Day Films, has dozens of projects in development and preproduction, covering reality TV, animation, documentaries, and features.

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