Movies & Books

A Wedding in Havana (documentary)

July 24, 2015 | 3 comments

The documentary “A Wedding in Havana” was made during the height of the mid-1990s Special Period economic crisis, a crisis that for many Cubans never fully ended to this day. It gives us some insight into a period in time that people prefer not to talk much about from the disillusionment and pain it represented.

Cubanabooks: A Non-Profit Publisher of Cuban Women

July 20, 2015 | 2 comments

US university professor Sara Cooper is the founder of a veritable publisher’s dream: Cubanabooks. The publishing house has already begun to secure prestige in both Cuba and the United States thanks to the tenacity of woman who defends literature written by women and Queer Studies. She is currently working at the California State University, devoting much of her time to publish the work of Cuban women living in the United States.

Cuba in the Grenada Revolution

July 15, 2015 | 6 comments

While there is no specific section on Cuba’s involvement with the Grenada revolution, details of this appear as a recurring theme in the book “The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory”.

The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present

July 15, 2015 | 18 comments

For some of us, the mention of the Caribbean island country of Grenada brings a vague visceral feeling of discomfort, like a tragic accident in the family never again discussed.

Cremata’s Crematorium Part 2

June 15, 2015 | 1 Comment »

We bring you part two of Juan Carlos Cremata’s short fiction film Crematorium. It comes highly recommended.

LGBT Establishments in Havana Booming

June 8, 2015 | No Comments »

The Cuban government’s economic restructuring policies have in part afforded the population opportunities to secure licenses for businesses aimed at a sexually diverse public. Clubs and discos that once operated in the shadows no longer do so, and these are becoming more numerous and visible, especially in the capital.

Less Cubans Going to Cinemas/Theaters

May 8, 2015 | 1 Comment »

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.

On Eduardo Galeano, America’s Pilgrim

April 16, 2015 | 1 Comment »

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.

The Young Filmmakers Festival Opened Doors for Marcos Menendez

April 6, 2015 | No Comments »

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”).

A Film About Cuba’s Past Nuclear Dreams

April 3, 2015 | 3 comments

Carlos M. Quintela’s La obra del siglo (“The Work of the Century”) was filmed in Cuba’s Juragua nuclear city, in the province of Cienfuegos, a place that invokes the great illusions the island harbored during the 1980s.