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/HIV epidemic.
Ernesto Cordova is a young painter who, a few years ago, formed part of the Museology Restoration and Conservation Center, located in Old Havana, which no longer exists today. We spoke with him about his work.
Somebody baptized him the “angel of the bandstand”. He didn’t study at an arts school and hasn’t gone too deep into theology either, he’s a simple man who sings, composes and carves wood. His conversation is marked by spirituality and determination.
Marilin de Pedro (37) and Javier Casanova (30) met at the Julio Diaz Orthopedic Hospital. Both of them were victims of traffic accidents, at different times. She graduated in Civil Engineering and he works in construction as a floor polisher at the Havana Convention Center.
Cuban artist Georgina de la Cruz: “I wanted to make a point about the fact that we seniors still exist, we still make up a part of this world, this country, this city, and we still have a lot to offer, in all respects.”
This week, my colleague Jose Ramirez Pantoja received his definitive firing from Radio Holguin and therefore [with the existing system of blacklisting] from any government media.
With a different style to that which is normally heard on the island, Lizzy and her band choose to sing in English, for a Cuban audience.
Destiny has laid the way for Maykel Reyes to become a ground-breaking Cuban soccer player: the first to sign a contract with a team abroad, the first to score a goal in a World Championship, and who knows if there is still more to come.
The voice of Sergio Ramirez, one of the most respected and influential intellectuals in Latin America, also embodies the weight of political experience, intuition and historical perspective. All of this leads him to say: “We’re watching a movie [in Nicaragua] we’ve seen before and we know that it doesn’t end well”.
Some people prefer to hang up paintings on their walls and others like to see them on their skin, and they’re carrying real art about on them. That’s what attracted me to getting a tattoo in the first place, and then to become a professional tattoo artist. (10 photos)