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Movies & Books

When Cuba Opened Its Doors to Jewish Refugees

When most people think of Cuba, escaping Jewish refugees and the Second World War what pops in mind is the MS St. Louis ocean liner which tried to dock in Havana in 1939. However there is another related and little publicized story that began in the early 1940s, and had a much happier ending. The documentary “Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels” is set to be shown at the ongoing Havana Film Festival. Continue reading

Havana Film Festival Opens in Cuba

The 39th International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema (Havana Film Festival) began on Friday in Havana with more than 400 films on display and a tribute to the US director James Ivory. The largest film event in Cuba and one of the most impor... Continue reading

Haiti, My Love: A Race for the Oscars

The film “Haiti, My Love” by Haitian filmmaker Guetty Feli Cohen is a candidate for the next Oscar Awards ceremony. The filmmaker herself has said how happy she is about this news, even though she claims that the work to get there has just started and that there is still a lot to do. Continue reading

The 8th Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase

The 8th edition of the Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase recently came to an end in Havana and is getting ready to go on tour in other Caribbean countries. (6 photos) Continue reading

Cuban Artist Rocio García on Her Gay Eroticism (Video)

Rocio García is a Cuban artist from Santa Clara. In this interview with Yaima Pardo she talks about her erotic work, the Gay presence in it, and her motivations. Continue reading

Before the War (Video)

A man returns home from a war. His physical scars are healed but the emotional ones are so deep that he will never be the same. The National Screen Institute of Canada (NSI) posted this short film by Cuban director Tamara Segura. Continue reading

Antigona the Process (Video)

Antigona the Process describes the history of the representation of women in Cuba, seen through a filmmakers team. Documentary by Yaima Pardo and Lilián Broche (60 minutes). Continue reading

A Familiar Face at Cuba’s Film School

Friendly, affectionate, but also direct and straight to the point, we found Ybis Caises along the main corridor of the International School of Film and Television. Her job since 1986 consists of connecting students and employees at this center with the... Continue reading

Leonardo Padura Speaks on His Novels and Cuba

Cuban writer Leonardo Padura announced in Managua the publication of his new novel, set for release in January 2018. The book, “The Transparency of Time” features the reappearance of the emblematic detective Mario Conde, now as a retired police officer in the contemporary Cuba of 2014. Continue reading

Now, the Other Side of Agitprop

The young filmmaker Eliecer Jimenez shines a light on the different aspects and complexities of the current political landscape here in Cuba. The opposition, breakaway groups, leaders and their disagreements, in a precise editing sequence, where everyt... Continue reading

Wendy Guerra Stays in Cuba and Writes Banned Novels

Cleo is a young poet who lives in Havana, a writer under suspicion. State Security and the Ministry of Culture believe that her success has been built by “the enemy” as a weapon of destabilization, a CIA invention. However, some intellectuals living in exile believe Cleo is actually a spy for Cuban intelligence services. Continue reading

Cuban Documentary “Between Changes”

“Entre cambios” (Between changes) is a documentary dedicated to a specific generation of Cubans: the one who had to live through the fragile limbo when the Soviet Union collapsed. We concentrated particularly on speaking to those who experienced these changes there, in the places where the events took place. Continue reading

Exchange between Two Cuban Poets

In the same way that news traveled in old times, from hand to hand, Rafael Alcides received the criticism that writer Nestor Diaz de Villegas, another Cuban poet but in exile in the United States, leveled against him in a review of the documentary Nadi... Continue reading

Cuba’s Young Filmmakers Event

Guest writer Jennifer Ruth Hosek comments on this years Young Filmmakers Event which she witnessed in Havana. Gender, sexuality and youth were well-represented as young filmmakers looked more towards the future than at the past. Continue reading

Cuban Filmmakers and Counter-revolutionaries

As a result of the decisions recently made by Cuban cultural institutions, along with the Cuban government, to censor the films Santa y Andres by Carlos Lechuga and the documentary Nadie by Miguel Coyula, a worrying phenomenon has come about. Continue reading

The Movie of the Rolling Stones in Cuba

In my hands, and as a valuable gift brought from Rome, a packet entitled "The Rolling Stones, Havana Moon." It consists of two CDs with the Stones music and a DVD of the megaconcierto they offered for free at the Havana Sports City on March 25, 2016. Continue reading

Missing You Cuba, Again (video)

Going back to my country after a long time living in Europe was a shock for me. Realizing that almost all of my friends and family members had left the country for a better future. Continue reading

Tribute to Margaret Randall at Casa de las Americas, Havana

For those of us who didn’t know her before, she could have been just another leftist, caught up in the stir of the early years of Cuba’s revolutionary victory. However, after listening to her friends speak about her and reading the book “Change the world”, you get another impression about her. Continue reading

Cuba Book Fair Visits in Pictures

Today, I went again to San Carlos de la Cabaña fortress, permanent seat of the International Book Fair of Havana, the perfect setting to take pictures of the annual event, which although it has other venues, has a special air. (33 photos) Continue reading

Margaret Atwood in Cuba: “I want to know what Cubans think about Trump”

In her novel The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Canadian author Margaret Atwood makes reference to a radio station based in Cuba (Radio Free America) that broadcasts subversive messages to the oppressed people of the United States. Continue reading

Annual Cuba Book Fair Opens in Havana

Today the Cuba International Book Fair opens in this capital. This will be the 26th edition of the traditional event, awaited each year by the reading public and authors from many parts of the world. Continue reading

Nicaraguan Sex Workers: From the Darkness to the Big Screen

Johana Sequeira went from being on the streets as a sex worker in the shadows of Managua to collaborating with the Nicaraguan justice system. She’s the leader of the Girasoles (Sunflowers) Association of Women Sex Workers, and appeals in court for the rights of the general population. Continue reading

Margaret Atwood: Special Guest at this Year’s Cuba Book Fair

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, Prince of Asturias Award 2008, will be the main figure of the upcoming Cuba International Book Fair that will have Canada as its guest country. The Havana portion of the fair takes place from February 9-19. Continue reading

Coming Soon: 2016 Havana Film Festival

Film buffs are already counting down the days until the 38th edition of the Havana Film Festival, which takes place in the capital from December 8-18. Many Havana residents take their holidays on this date, so that they will have time to enjoy more fil... Continue reading

Emotional Book Launch in Nicaragua

“Banderas y harapos” (Flags and Rags), the new memoir of the Sandinista Revolution (1979-1990) by the Argentine-Nicaraguan journalist Gabriela Selser, aroused many conflicting emotions – from love to disillusionment – during last Thursday’s book-launching event in Managua. Continue reading

“The Companion” Premieres in Cuba

The Companion, the Cuban film which has been critically acclaimed worldwide, will premiere today, September 6th, in Cuba. It is a story that takes place in Havana in 1988, when the Cuban government was taking severe measures to try and control the AIDS... Continue reading