El Manisero

Mani is a Cuban snack sold in the streets of Havana by licensed vendors. In Spanish mani translates to peanuts which are sold after being roasted and salted, then packaged in a paper cone. Each cone of mani is sold for one peso cubano or five pesos convertible CUC or five cents in U.S. dollars. 
El Manisero 24/1 is a short Cinéma vérité documentary which observes the work of a Manisero, Reberto (aka Apollo), while he prepares, then sells his mani. In sharing this work, my aim is for viewers to not only observe a common occupation in Cuba but also understand that this occupation and others like it is a result of the effects of the US embargo. 
Apollo’s day begins around 1pm when he roasts, salts and sugars his peanuts. By 4pm he is ready to go out and walk around Vedado, a neighborhood in Havana, Cuba. He prepares roughly 100 to150 cones of mani per day. His day doesn't end until he sells all of the mani, sometimes walking and selling until well past 2am. If he sells all of the cones of peanuts, Apollo pockets roughly 100 peso cubano or about 3 Peso Convertible CUC or 3 U.S. dollars.

El Manisero
El Manisero

Mani is a Cuban snack sold in the streets of Havana by licensed vendors. In Spanish mani translates to peanuts which are sold after being roasted and salted, then packaged in a paper cone. Each cone of mani is sold for one peso cubano or five pesos convertible CUC or five cents in U.S. dollars. 
El Manisero 24/1 is a short Cinéma vérité documentary which observes the work of a Manisero, Reberto (aka Apollo), while he prepares, then sells his mani. In sharing this work, my aim is for viewers to not only observe a common occupation in Cuba but also understand that this occupation and others like it is a result of the effects of the US embargo. 
Apollo’s day begins around 1pm when he roasts, salts and sugars his peanuts. By 4pm he is ready to go out and walk around Vedado, a neighborhood in Havana, Cuba. He prepares roughly 100 to150 cones of mani per day. His day doesn't end until he sells all of the mani, sometimes walking and selling until well past 2am. If he sells all of the cones of peanuts, Apollo pockets roughly 100 peso cubano or about 3 Peso Convertible CUC or 3 U.S. dollars.

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