“If you want to learn anything about the history of this country, you have to start with Carlos Varela.” This advice, offered by a colleague who was helping me in a Cuban archive a decade ago, proved remarkably true. I arrived in Havana in 2004 to research child migration conflicts.
Movies & Books
In the new book, “Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana,” authors Peter Kornbluh and William LeoGrande use recently declassified documents to expose the secret history of dialogue between the United States and Cuba.
Rebuild the city, make it live, lie, talk to talk: pointing to the future. “Map” was made in the Spring of 2009 by Damian Sainz. (3:19 min.)
John Patrick and Patrick Edward, grandchildren of the famous US writer Ernest Hemingway, received on Monday the status of Honorary Members of the Club International Hemingway of Cuba, during a visit to the island this week.
This Thursday, September 4, Jose Enrique Pardo’s documentary “Cubamerican” will premiere in Miami. The film, includes interviews with renowned Cubans such as ballet star Lorena Feijoo, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba & actor Andy Garcia.
Cuban poet Reina María Rodríguez received from Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the Ibero-American Poetry Prize Pablo Neruda 2014 Monday at the La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile. The award received by Rodriguez includes US $ 60,000 and the commitment of publishing a poetry anthology.
The Cuban film “Conducta” by filmmaker Ernesto Daranas won the Audience Award Saturday at the close of the 18th Film Festival in Lima, reported Prensa Latina.
The world premiere of Return to Ithaca, a film by French director Laurent Cantet inspired by a story written by Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura, will take place at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, to be held from August 27 to September 6 this year.
Distribution companies from a dozen countries, including the USA, signed contracts for the distribution of Meñique (Pinkie), the first Cuban animated 3D feature film. Directed and written by Ernesto Padrón, the film was released last Sunday in the Cuban capital.
“In view of the fact that my books aren’t allowed into Cuba – neither by customs nor the mail -, which amounts to prohibiting my work as a writer, I hereby resign from UNEAC,” stated well known Cuban poet Rafael Alcides Perez.