Leonard Peres

A film by Missy Hernandez

This film was screened as a part of the 2015 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival (CLAIFF18)


USA, Drama, 2014
9 min, HDV, Color

Leonard Peres is a Cuban-American professor teaching a class on Latin American history at a university. In the middle of his lecture on the Cuban Revolution, he suffers a stroke. While his physical self remains in the classroom surrounded his students, his spirit goes elsewhere. First, he is faced with a journalist who questions him about his childhood and parents. Her initial questions thrust him into memories of “el barrio” and the island where his parents were born. Later, her questions lead him to realize where he is and what is happening to him. Leonard retreats into a place of fantasy/memory with all the sounds, smells and tastes of home. Straddling this strange place between life and death, Leonard searches for the one thing that calls him home.

Austin Premiere

Print Source: Missy Hernandez – Buds of May Productions,