Changing gender on a ration card seems like a weird joke – but not in Cuba. Since 2008, it has been possible to undergo a sex change operation on the island, but as in the case of many other things in Cuba there is a waiting list. Once a year for several days, doctors from Netherlands and Belgium come to Havana to perform gender reassignment operations on five people. Will the medical commission finally accommodate transgender activist Malú this year? Will Odette succeed in defending her decision before her religious community? And will gender reassignment surgery bring Juani luck in love? Also playing an important role in this documentary portrait by Dutch film maker Daniel Abma is Mariela Castro, who has long campaigned for the rights of LGBT Cubans.

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Daniel Abma


Daniel Abma was born in 1978 in the Netherlands. He previously studied Primary school education and worked as a youth worker in Berlin and Brandenburg. He studied film directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, with a focus on
documentaries. His film NACH WRIEZEN (Beyond Wriezen) was shown at IDFA and at numerous other festivals and won, among others, the prestiguous Grimme award in Germany. His follow up HOLLANDA DEL SOL competed at DOKLeipzig, DOK.Fest Munich and in Krakow. TRANSIT HAVANA is his debut film.


  • Jury Prize for Best Documentary Film, Copenhagen Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (2016)
  • Audience Choice Award, Image + Nation Festival Cinema LGBT Montreal Film Festival (2016)
  • Jury Prize for Best Documentary, Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam LGBT Film Festival (2016)