Transit Havana

Transit Havana – New Heroes of the Cuban Revolution

President’s daughter Mariela Castro organizes support and treatment for Cuban transgender people. Is the socialist island changing into a queer paradise?

2016, Documentary, 86 Min, DCP

transit havana poster dutchIn Havana, transsexuals Odette, Juani and Malú wait for genital surgery – performed by European top surgeons and organized by the president’s daughter, Mariela Castro. Castro is leading a sexual revolution combined with classic state socialism. New possibilities face old problems: will Cuban trans people find happiness despite intolerance, poverty and prostitution?

– Trailer: International cinema trailer, Dutch cinema trailer
– Website:
– Facebook:
– Twitter: #transithavana
– Worldsales: Rise and Shine World Sales

A production of Witfilm and Kloos & Co. Medien
a coproduction with BNN-VARA and RBB in association with ARTE
a coproduction with Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
with the support of Nederlands Film Fonds, FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds and CoBO Fonds.

DIRECTOR Daniel Abma
RESEARCH Alex Bakker
EDITING Jana Dugnus
SOUND Alexandra Praet, Jeroen Goeijers
MUSIC Alex Simu
PRODUCER Iris Lammertsma (Witfilm) & Stefan Kloos (Kloos & Co. Medien)
PRODUCTION Nazima Mintjes, Nienke Rispens (Witfilm), Loraine Blumenthal & Veronika Janatkova, Michaela Pnacekova (Kloos & Co. Medien), Cathrin Göbel (Film University Babelsberg)


  • Special Mention Human Rights Filmfestival Valencia, 2017, Spain
  • Audience Award Image+Nation LGBT Film Festival Montreal, 2016, Canada
  • Best human rights film Verzio Human Rights Film Festival Budapest, 2016, Hungary
  • Audience Award Cinedoc Tbilisi, 2016, Georgia
  • Best feature lenght film Filmkunsttage Sachsen-Anhalt, 2016, Germany
  • Lili Award for best documentary MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival, 2016, Denmark
  • Best documentary Amsterdam LGBT Film Festival “Roze Filmdagen”, 2016, the Netherlands


  • Jun. 2017, Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, USA
  • Jun. 2017, TLVFest, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Mai. 2017, Favourites Film Festival Bremen, Germany
  • Mai. 2017, World Village Festival Helsinki, Finland
  • Mai. 2017, One World Human Rights Film Festival Brussels, Belgium
  • Mai. 2017, Milennium Docs Against Gravity, Warsaw, Poland
  • Mai. 2017, Queer Festival Heidelberg, Germany
  • Apr. 2017, Transgender Film Festival Kiel, Germany
  • Apr. 2017, ACT Human Rights Film Festival, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
  • Apr. 2017, Ask international minorities festival, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mar. 2017, Docudays UA, Kiev, Ukraine
  • Mar. 2017, One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Prague, Czech Republic
  • Mar. 2017, Toronto Queer Film Festival, Canada
  • Feb. 2017, International Film and Humans Rights Festival Valencia, Spain
  • Feb. 2017, Zineoak LGBT Film Festival Bilbao, Spain
  • Feb. 2017, Berlin & Beyond Film Festival, San Francisco, USA
  • Dez. 2016, Image + Nation, Montreal LGBT Film Festival, Canada
  • Dez. 2016, In-Doc Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Dez. 2016, International Film Festival Havana, Cuba
  • Dez. 2016, Belgrade Queer Film Festival Merlinka, Serbia
  • Dez. 2016, This Human World, Human RighTs Film Festival Vienna, Austria
  • Nov. 2016, Asterisco LGBT Film Festival Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Nov. 2016, El Lugar sin Limites, LGBT Film Festival Quito, Ecuador
  • Nov. 2016, Pantalla Latina, Latino Film Festival St. Gallen , Switzerland
  • Nov. 2016, Queersicht LGBT Film Festival Berin, Switzerland
  • Nov. 2016, Latino Film Festival Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Nov. 2016, 61. Cork Film Festival, Ireland
  • Nov. 2016, Queer Film Festival Oldenburg, Germany
  • Nov. 2016, Queerstreifen Münster, Germany
  • Nov. 2016, FILMZ, Festival des deutschen Kinos, Germany
  • Nov. 2016, Slovak Queer Film Festival, Slovakia
  • Nov. 2016, Verzio Human Rights Film Festival Budapest, Hungary
  • Nov. 2016, Filmfestival Cottbus, Germany
  • Okt. 2016, Queer Filmfestival Weiterstadt, Germany
  • Okt. 2016, Filmkunsttage Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
  • Okt. 2016, Sydney Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Australia
  • Okt. 2016, Cinedoc Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Okt. 2016, International Queer Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany
  • Sep. 2016, MIX Copenhagen LGBT Film Festival, Denmark
  • Sep. 2016, International Film Festival Bergen, Norway
  • Sep. 2016, Netherlands Film Festival Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Jul. 2016, East End Film Festival Documentary Competition, London, UK
  • Jul. 2016, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Documentary Competition, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
  • Mai. 2016, Dok.fest Munich International Competition, Germany
  • Mar. 2016, Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam LGBT Film Festival, the Netherlands
  • Mar. 2016, Movies that Matter Human Rights Filmfestival, The Hague, the Netherlands


Transit Havana - Juani


Transit Havana

Transit Havana

Transit Havana

Transit Havana - Odette