Private Project

Más Huevos Por Favor

Political, economic, and societal forces intertwine in Havana, Cuba as its citizens are forced to get creative searching for one of their most essential foods: eggs.

  • Madeline Chen
  • Madeline Chen
  • Madeline Chen
  • Emily Feng
  • Dylan Wang
  • Madeline Chen
  • Timothy Beckmann
    Production Sound
  • Emily Feng
    Production Sound
  • Madeline Chen
    Sound Mixer
  • Ernesto Echeverria Margarejo
    Key Cast
  • Dalila Hernandez Rodriguez
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Investigative
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • Student Project:
  • New Visions and Voices
    New York City
    United States
    October 18, 2019
    Award for Producing
Director Biography - Madeline Chen

Madeline Chen is a Taiwanese-born, Shanghai-raised, filmmaker and photographer currently based in New York City. She is a recent graduate of New York University’s Film and Television program and is passionate about exploring the intersection between culture, identity, and human connection through storytelling.

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Director Statement

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity of studying abroad in Havana, Cuba, a city that was vastly different from anywhere else I’ve lived in, through my university’s documentary program. The film’s subject came to me when I noticed that our cohort got to eat eggs every morning while my Cuban classmates were having trouble finding or affording them. When I pitched my idea for approval, I knew I had something, because my Cuban professors wouldn’t stop smiling and talking about their childhood memories with eggs and their current experiences with the shortage. My choice to highlight food with filmmaking is born out of my belief that food is universally compelling and can capture people’s interests on topics they normally wouldn’t be curious about. I grew up in a culture that prioritized food as a way to show you care about others.

Access was definitely the biggest challenge I faced because nearly everyone I wanted to film were either afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, and getting in trouble with the Cuban government, or worried about being portrayed in a wrong light to an outside audience. Thus, countless variations of the documentary were conceptualized. When all seemed grim, some friends I made during my stay in the city agreed to share their stories, and I happened across some locals and bodega workers who were willing to appear on camera. I will be eternally grateful to them. It was important to me that this film wasn’t a didactic explanation of the problem told from the perspective of a complete foreigner, so while I told my perspective of making this documentary, my Cuban friends and various locals spoke about their experiences. I’m excited to give audiences the opportunity to get a peek into the lives of the people of Cuba and see how the discussion of food implies far larger aspects of society and well-being.