Santería for many people is like voodoo, its exotic rites capture the imagination. This religion is a strange mixture of the ancient gods worshipped by the slaves brought from Africa and the Catholic saints of the Spanish conquerors. Regardless of their social status, the majority of Cubans practice this Afro-Cuban religion. The film gives an inside view of this mystical world and shows how much it has become a part of everyday life.
This odd mix of Afro-Cuban culture and Catholicism startles us, but doesn't feel foreign.
Muestra Cuba is a film on Cuban "interiors" - in the largest sense of the word. We meet six people of different social standings, who take us into their houses - Jose Emilio, the artist, Eduardo, the maniac car restorer, Yaquelin - the santería-believer surviver, Nadia, the young artist who is in a priviledged situation, Martha - the memento of the good old times, and Homero and Magalys, the art-collectors- old couple. While they take us through their big or small dwellings, we get an insight into their lives. The optimistic and joyful atmosphere of the film can be a great lesson to many of us living in the "western" society.