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Opposite: Despite the new openness, the threat of a government crackdown still looms. Kahn’s subjects “work within what they call the gray area, doing things that are not illegal, but also not quite legal.” That includes passing ash drives with American lms, TV shows and music— called packets—through underground networks. But Cubans can still gather for breakdance battles (below, right); see major acts like the Usher or Diplo perform live; or watch The Fate of the
Furious shoot on Havana’s streets. “It’s a little bit of a game,” Kahn says. “The government allows enough freedom to give people the sense they can do what they want, without allowing them to think they can change the government.” Greg Kahn's book
Havana Youth will be released this summer. It can be pre-ordered at havanayouth.com.