Movies & Books

Tribute to Margaret Randall at Casa de las Americas, Havana

February 24, 2017 | 1 Comment »

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.

Cuba Book Fair Visits in Pictures

February 18, 2017 | 3 comments

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)

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

February 13, 2017 | 4 comments

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.

Annual Cuba Book Fair Opens in Havana

February 9, 2017 | No Comments »

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.

Nicaraguan Sex Workers: From the Darkness to the Big Screen

January 29, 2017 | 1 Comment »

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.

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

January 6, 2017 | 4 comments

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.

An (almost) Politically Correct “Aquarius”

December 27, 2016 | No Comments »

One of the award-winning movies during the recently concluded Havana Film Festival, was the Brazilian “Aquarius”, directed by Kleber Mendoca. The movie received the Best Actress Award (Sonia Braga, remembered in Cuba for her role in “Dona Flor and her two husbands).

A Pink-Colored Town in Central Cuba

December 21, 2016 | 4 comments

Finally, the long-awaited Cuban documentary “Villa Rosa” by Lazaro J. Gonzalez, premiered during the 38th edition of Havana’s International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. Just like many other screenings at the Festival in the “Los colores de diversidad” (The colors of diversity) section, it drew a full audience at the Multicine complex on Infanta St.

Cuban Cinema: Honesty, Resentment and Something Else

December 15, 2016 | 3 comments

On the street, in lines or inside the movie theaters, acquaintances and people who meet for the first time establish an understanding which only takes place in December, during the Havana Film Festival. (21 photos)

Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” as Related to Cuba

December 8, 2016 | 7 comments

Oliver Stone will present “Snowden” at the Havana Film Festival to take place in Havana from December 8th-18th. Vicente Morin asks why it is being shown in Cuba, a country he notes practices massive spying on its citizens.