Alfredo Fernandez’s Diary


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The Initials of the Earth and Me

November 16, 2016 | No Comments »

I grew up with the insistent recommendation of reading “The Initials of the Earth”, a fundamental text in understanding the Cuban Revolution’s early years. Today, at last, I was able to finish reading it. This excellent book captivated me so much that I decided to write this article.




Santiago de Cuba's Enramada Street on a normal day.  Photo: Janis Hernandez
Waiting for Matthew without Expecting Anything

October 4, 2016 | 1 Comment »

I enter the Internet time and time again in search for information on Hurricane Matthew, reviewing the projection cone with the possible path in the Caribbean. I then call home to Santiago de Cuba and talk to my father…




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Returning to Cuba

August 31, 2016 | 3 comments

Last July, after three and a half years, I returned to Cuba to find my country three and a half years older, dirty and backward. I couldn’t have received a better welcome…




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Cuban Actor Albertico Pujol and Mass Nostalgia

June 1, 2015 | No Comments »

It would seem that all Cubans over forty have been left with nothing but their memories. Leaving, surviving and – most importantly – remembering are verbs that seem to apply to nearly all Cuban émigrés.




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Cuba and the Price of Being Worthless

April 29, 2015 | 2 comments

On March 11, 2015, the Cuban government officially ceased to consider me a citizen of my native country. That’s right, I am now a citizen of nowhere, something along the lines of a tropical Palestinian.




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Guayaquil: Similarities to My Santiago de Cuba

September 15, 2014 | 1 Comment »

A very wise person called Guayaquil the last redoubt of the Caribbean. I don’t know whether it’s because its full name is Santiago de Guayaquil, but the truth of the matter is that I’ve felt at home here since arriving, like in my own Santiago, Santiago de Cuba, that is.




Gusano: A Cuban Documentary on Government Repression

March 21, 2014 | 6 comments

I find it incredible that the Cuban documentary Gusano (“Scum”) already has over three hundred thousand views on YouTube. This, which is impressive in and of itself, is quite remarkable for a Cuban film, for, once on the Internet, it is deprived of its natural audience.




My First Year Outside Cuba

March 10, 2014 | 2 comments

I left Cuba exactly one year ago and during this time I’ve had to adapt to life in Ecuador. I would now like to summarize a number of things I’ve seen, things I thought were unique to Cuba and now see they are, regrettably, not limited to my country.




The Burden of Knowledge

February 10, 2014 | No Comments »

For some time now, I’ve found myself longing for the book-burning inquisitors of old to come back. Yes, I’m serious: I’ve caught myself fondly remembering those who, during medieval times and early modernity, made huge pyres of “dangerous” volumes.




My Students’ Film Assignments

January 21, 2014 | No Comments »

Talent still comes to the fore and gold nuggets twinkle in the trash. In the audiovisual and graphic production course I teach, I asked my students to put together an educational spot on a subject of their choosing as an assignment.