La Lucha (The Struggle)

In 1962, Fidel Castro banned all professional (for profit) sports in Cuba. For Cuba’s top athletes this means a tough choice. Stay in Cuba, their home, or defect and follow their dreams. This is the story of two-time Olympic gold medalist Mario Kindelán Mesa.

Directed by: Justin Henning
Produced by: SOCIETY ( in association with EL CENTRAL producciones
Executive Producer: Harry Calbom & David Holm
Producer: Carlos Gómez & Reymel Delgado Rodriguez
Cinematographer: Justin Henning
Movi Operator: Ryan Haug (
Assistant Director: Jimmy Ochoa
Camera Assistant: Matt Louie
2nd AC: Hannol Rodriguez
Sound: Elijah Lawson & Ariel Novo
Editor: Nick Pezzillo
Post Producer: David Guti Rosado
Colorist: Eric Rosen
Compositor: David Viau
Titles: Jonny Sikov
Music by: Industrial Revelation, Buddy Rich & Solomon Ligthelm
Sound Design and Mixing by: John Buroker at Hearby Sound
Special thanks: Motion State, Austin Wilson, Harry Calbom, David Holm, Carlos Stevens, Nannette Buroker, Jeff Tillotson, Shane Dillon, Mckenna Turner, Larisa Peters, Rebecca Parenteau, Trust Collective
Starring: Mario Kindelán Mesa