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Movies & Books

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

LOOKING, the film

The LGBTIHQ&Z community - which I like to call this group so as to be all-inclusive - has to give thanks because today artworks which tear apart the avatars of this group are shown today, without a fuss or alarm, joining the (wrongly) named heterosexist “reality”. Continue reading

Disembarking in Cuba (Video)

Disembarking is a minimalist gesture that reverses the notion of insular trauma. This time it starts from offshore to anchor on land, ie in the sand. This is not a call to annexationist consumerism coming from the north but instead a Third World longin... Continue reading

Capitalism in Cuba: Before and After the Revolution (Video)

“Capitalism” is part six of the interview-documentary with Cuban poet Rafael Alcides on a host of different topics. Director: Miguel Coyula. English subtitles. The other segments of the documentary are titled: The Nice Things, Artists and Politicians, About Beauty, Once Upon a Time in Biran and The People. We provide you the links. Continue reading

Cuban Novelist Pedro Juan Gutierrez and the Censorship of Silence

I still can’t believe it: Novelist Pedro Juan Gutierrez reading excerpts from La linea oscura (“The Dark Line”), a poetry anthology recently published by Ediciones Verbum. I wasn’t surprised by the possibility – increasingly slimmer, to be sure – of meeting him face to face. What I find hard to believe is that a mere eleven people (including one or two undercover security agents, no doubt) gathered at the Cuban Writers and Artists Association (UNEAC). Continue reading

Less Cubans Going to Cinemas/Theaters

Cubans appear less and less interested in going to the movies, visiting museums, going to libraries or seeing stage plays – activities that are no longer among families’ entertainment or educational priorities. However, visits to art shows and attendance at dance music performances is up. Continue reading

On Eduardo Galeano, America’s Pilgrim

Eduardo Germán María Hughes Galeano (Eduardo Galeano), one of Hispano-America's most renowned intellectuals, took his last breath on Monday April 13, His narrative was one of my favorites to read. Continue reading

The Young Filmmakers Festival Opened Doors for Marcos Menendez

Marcos Menendez competed at last week’s New Filmmakers Festival with his fourth piece, a short, animated film completed in 2014 titled Un dia mas (“Another Day”). The animation, winner of the Latinoamerica en Corto Award at Madrid’s 13th Notodofilmfest Short Film Festival, tells the story of Manolo, a man mired in a daily, alienating routine. In 2011, Menendez had already received a special mention at the festival for his piece Lluvia de estrellas (“Raining Stars”). Continue reading