Movies & Books

Photo Roundup of Havana’s 24th International Book Fair

February 27, 2015 | 1 Comment »

With its achievements and shortcomings Cuba’s annual International Book fair drew a great many people in its 10 days in Havana. Now, it will begin its tour across the island’s other provinces.(27 photos)

Cuba and Culture Under Siege

February 19, 2015 | 7 comments

The film director, Ian Padron, announced this week that he is leaving Cuba because he’s “tired” of having to deal with these absurdities. The news saddens me but it doesn’t surprise me. For years, I’ve watched the country lose many young talents because of the intransigence of certain power sectors, where ideological extremism combines with ignorance.

Barbies/Soccer Stars at the Cuba Book Fair

February 16, 2015 | No Comments »

The 24th International Book Fair has started in Cuba. Havana’s La Cabaña fortress is again full of people, food and books. Many are surprised by the large number of people who attend the fair.(23 photos)

Entertainment and Learning Options at the Cuba Book Fair

February 16, 2015 | 1 Comment »

One hears a broad range of comments while walking around Havana’s La Cabaña fortress, the main venue of Cuba’s International Book Fair. Regardless, there are many options for the public at this year’s date with literature.

Netflix Comes to Cuba, but…

February 10, 2015 | 6 comments

Netflix services are now available in Cuba. However the only ones who can see the movies are a select group very close to the government who have unlimited access to broadband.

Cuba’s 2015 Book Fair is Nearing

February 9, 2015 | 3 comments

Cuba’s International Book Fair (February 12–22 in Havana) is nearing. Readers and non-readers, young and not-so-young, families looking for an affordable means of recreation, in short, the great mass of people that makes a habit of attending these regular events and fairs are ready, waiting for the whistle start.

Caribbean filmmakers and films shine at Rotterdam film festival

February 9, 2015 | No Comments »

In another sign that Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean’s film industry is beginning to take off, a number of regional filmmakers and films made their mark at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in the Netherlands, which ran from January 21 to February 1.

The Last Act (video)

January 31, 2015 | No Comments »

The sleeping character is tormented by successive nightmares that lead him to take a supposed “medicine” to alleviate his sorrow. A short video by Harold Rensoli.

Cuban Filmmakers Blast Movie Banning

December 26, 2014 | 2 comments

Sincerity Is Not to Be Feared” is the title of a declaration issued by a group of 12 Cuban filmmakers that is currently being circulated via email on the island. They level sharp criticism for the banning of the film Regreso a Ithaca (“Return to Ithaca”) during the recently concluded 36th Havana Film Festival.

Havana Film Festival Awards and Wrap-up

December 16, 2014 | 1 Comment »

For ten days, audiences in Havana enjoyed the stories and characters of the films and documentaries screened at the Havana Film Festival. During these intense days, some felt shock, others anger and yet others empathy. Some suffered and no few had a good laugh. It was a festival for all tastes. When the award-winning films were announced, most spectators already had their own, personal awards list ready.