The Sounds of a Country in Exile
Guantánamo Express is first a portrait of Jesús Ávila Gainza and his brother Julio. It was fabricated from the sounds Aaron Ximm recorded around them: the sounds of their lives, their families, their homes, and most of all, with the sounds of their music. It is not only about them; he made it for them. Like most portraits, this one strives to capture more than will readily fit in a frame. In addition to rendering the talents, relations, and humor of the Ávilas, Ximm wanted it to evoke the peculiar experience of travel by night train through an unknown country. To be half-asleep but never fully, to find the rhythm of the rails never far from the ear, to have half-understood half-lit visions pass before a temporarily uncritical mind... This for Ximm is the peculiar but addictive promise of the road.