A perfect getaway these days can likely involve much more than long sunsets and piña coladas on a palm-fringed beach. Sex tourism is a major global growth industry and while men are the traditional customers, today increasing numbers of women of all ages are seeking a “richer” holiday experience. Love Under Cuban Skies follows a handful of women who travel to Cuba looking for romance and adventure. Through them and their lovers – educated, mostly unemployed young Cuban men – the film opens a larger examination into what drives women to seek love under other skies, why Cuba is fertile ground for women’s sex tourism and what the consequences are for everyone involved.
Produced by the great Jay Graydon, with contributions by David Foster, it has become sort of an obscure “West Coast” classic. It embodies a mixture of typical 80’s synthesizer-pop and classic Rawls soul and jazz ballads, which seem to come from two different production camps, most likely in an effort to maintain Rawls current with pop music developments of the time and at the same time remain true to his fan base.