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The Special Period in Cuba can best be described as a time of struggle The dissatisfaction of many Cubans has led to their emigration to the United States by traveling in rafts to the coast of Florida The Cuban people have different views regarding the trip to exile as well as the motivations to stay or leave Cuba In Alejandro Hernandez Diazs book The Cuba Mile and in the movie Guantanamera we see some of the different ways in which Cuban Culture views the Special Period the trip to exile and the motivations behind staying or leaving Cuba The year 1991 marked the beginning of the Special Period and hard times have existed in Cuba ever since Many Cubans are tired of the hardships and shortages of the Special Period To try and make ends meet many Cubans have adapted to the tough times by making money in the Black Market In Guantanamera both the cabdriver and Mariano use the Black Market to make extra money As they travel across the island they buy food to be resold at a higher price when they arrive in Havana Many Cubans feel that the Revolution is no longer working and that it is time for a change In Guantanamera symbolism of this idea is clearly demonstrated In the movie a story from the Santeria religion is told The god of Olofin is represented in the movie Olofin created life but not death Therefore everyone lived forever and the elderly people held control and influenced many aspects of society Nothing ever changed much like the Cuban government which is old and unchanging Then one day Olofin made it rain for thirty days and thirty nights The flood killed the old and only the young survived The current revolution is old and is not working as well as it did in the 1970s The movie is calling for the need of a natural process like the rain to come
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