Manuel

Year
2017
Country
Cuba
Duration:
8 mins

Overview

In a small shack by the train tracks on the outskirts of Old Havana, 87-year-old Manuel Quintana Godinez sells an exotic handmade concoction called Pru Oriental for a living. He advertises the drink as a kind of elixir, good for the kidneys, cystitis, migraines, gastritis, bronchitis, circulation and depression. It is, according to Manuel’s hand-painted ad board, “A good drink for whatever age and interesting for those over 50.” To drive the implied point home, the board also says, “If you have a stallion — it’s restorative!” Like Manuel’s tonic, this short profile piece is sweet and uplifting (and not just for those over 50).

Production Team

Director
Gabriela Cavanagh

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2018 Mountainfilm Festival.