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Cubans in SoCal look for change after Castro

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An old American car is seen in a street of Havana, on December 19, 2014.
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An old American car is seen in a street of Havana, on December 19, 2014.

Cuba is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period after long-time leader and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. His death was announced last Friday.

Cuba is in the midst of a nine-day mourning period after long-time leader and revolutionary icon Fidel Castro died at the age of 90. His death was announced last Friday.

It's brought up strong emotions from Cubans both inside the island-country and across the U.S. And that's also true for those in Southern California.

"The ideals of the revolution have never been realized," said Marissa Chibás, a writer and performer at the Theater School faculty at CalArts. Her solo performance, Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, was based on her own family's legacy and involvement in the country's dramatic history. "So those ideals of social democracy were never fully realized and I feel like that's what I'm mourning and many of my family members are mourning, what was lost, what was never fully realized."

But now with Castro gone, there may be an opportunity for a shift in how Cubans envision their own history and their future, said Chibás, particularly for the youth.

"To be able to express their hopes and their desires for their future, what they want it to look like," said Chibás. "And that can certainly be something completely different from what they've experienced – that's my hope."

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