Hard Rock Havana tells the story of Cuba’s most popular heavy metal band, Zeus.
For decades, heavy metal was banned inside the communist country and rebellious rockers were thrown into jail. Years later, the music is finally permitted but heavily regulated by the government’s newly-formed “Agency of Rock.”
The film follows the aging musicians of Zeus as they navigate this new paradigm. From their first-ever recording of an album in Cuba to their first-ever nationwide tour, this could be Zeus’ first, last, and only chance to galvanize their fans and find the greater fame that’s always been just out of reach.
Hard Rock Havana is a rare glimpse into a nation struggling to join a post-communist world. And the mosh-pitting, head-banging, heavy metal scene offers a fascinating avenue to explore freedom, self-expression and defiance against forces of conformity and control.
Co-produced by Freethink and directed by Nicholas Brennan, Hard Rock Havana is currently in post-production.