Memories of Development

Amidst the arrival of Hurricane Irma, a troubled Cuban youth must come to terms with his identity when an impulsive act of violence threatens to spiral his life down a path of self-destruction.

  • Nestor Trujillo Bazán
  • Nestor Trujillo Bazán
  • Nestor Trujillo Bazán
  • Andy Lee
  • LJ Galindo
  • Brandon Armas
  • Joel J Hernández Lara
    Key Cast
    "Andrés "
  • Juan Paulo Munevar
    Key Cast
  • Yoshvani Medina
    Key Cast
  • Hansel Porras
    Key Cast
  • Brandon Armas
    Director of Photography
  • Nestor Trujillo Bazán
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Memorias del Desarrollo
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Coming-of-Age
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Nestor Trujillo Bazán

Born in Cuba to a family of political refugees and later exiled to the United States, Nestor Trujillo was raised in the intoxicating multicultural landscape of Miami, FL, and nurtured on classic literature, genre cinema, and an unwavering work ethic that inspired his passion for personal storytelling and artistic expression from a very early age. Endlessly fascinated by the sordid and disquiet lives of rogues and outcasts, Trujillo uses filmmaking to push brooding, visually provocative stories that reflect on the complex dynamics of Cuban-American identity and the haphazard existence of wandering souls on the fringe of society. He now resides between South Florida and Los Angeles, where he earned his B.F.A. in Film and Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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Director Statement

Memorias del desarrollo is first and foremost a work of love. I dedicate this film to all the angry young men who struggle to accept themselves in a world that unfairly demands from them hardened exteriors and buried emotions. This is for all the good men in my life: you deserve to be loved, and to love yourselves as much I’ve loved you.

Memorias was my therapy, my healing, a means to interrogate my history and culture, a love letter to the half-forgotten Cuban cinema that shaped me as a young man, and a personal record of the secret pain and unspoken emotions that lurk behind old photographs, familial stories, and the scattered memories of friends, relatives, and my own childhood. It is a work that seeks to capture the Cuban-American experience as I know it, in a way that has never been seen before.