The biopic about Fidel Castro's daughter, Alina of Cuba: La Hija Rebelde, directed by Miguel Bardem, will shoot in Colombia this summer.
The Mankind Entertainment and Maven Pictures-produced film follows the true story of Alina Fernandez, played by Ana Villafane, who was born in Cuba in 1953 during the eve of the Cuban communist revolution.
The drama will take a look into the controversial history of the island through Alina who grew up surrounded by a heated political climate in her homeland sparked by the nation’s militaristic leader. Alina eventually learned the life-changing truth that her biological father was Fidel Castro.
Fernandez soon began speaking out against her father and the revolution and became a dissident, forbidden from leaving the country. In 1993, her escape to Spain disguised as a Spanish tourist in order to get her daughter out of the country made headlines around the world. She fled first to Spain, then to the United States, where she lived in exile for nearly 20 years.
Alina of Cuba: La Hija Rebelde will shoot from 15 August-October in Cartagena and Bogota, also doubling for areas in Cuba. Production management will be handled by the Colombian production services company, Jaguar Bite, headed by Colombian producers Juan Pablo Solano and Simon Beltran.
The screenplay was written by Academy-Award nominee, Jose Riveria (The Motorcycle Diaries) and Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nilo Cruz.
John Martinez O’Felan, Joe Lamy, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, and Allen Gilmer will serve as producers on the project.