Movies & Books

Cuban Yordanka Ariosa wins Best Actress at San Sebastian Festival

September 28, 2015 | No Comments »

Yordanka Ariosa of Cuba won the San Sebastian Film Festival award for Best Actress on Saturday for her role as a prostitute in “The King of Havana”, adapted by director Agusti Villaronga from the novel with the same name by Pedro Juan Guitiérrez.

Cuban Author Pedro Juan Gutierrez Launches New Novel

September 16, 2015 | 4 comments

In different ways, Pedro Juan Gutierrez offers us a self-portrait in each of his books. On this occasion, he intentionally announces it with the title of Fabian y el caos (“Fabian and Chaos”), his most recent novel, just launched in Spain. Published by Anagrama, the novel scrutinizes a past more distant than the one tackled in the author’s Dirty Havana Trilogy.

BANGKUKUK TAIK: Paradise Under Threat (Video, English subtitles)

August 20, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Bangkukuk is a cozy, paradisiacal place for its inhabitants, who have inherited the joy of an authentic life from earlier generations. It may sound utopian, but, if you pay attention to the details highlighted by the documentary, you will come across things that will make you doubt your perception of happiness and development.

The New Cuba Fever on US Television

August 11, 2015 | 10 comments

On July 13, the Discovery Channel premiered the first US television series filmed entirely on location in Cuba: Cuban Chrome. The show centers on A lo cubano (“Cuban Style”), a group of mechanics who refurbish vintage American cars, popularly known as “almendrones” in Cuba. The series is to be part of a brief Cuban immersion by the channel, which, to date, has produced two additional programs: one about sharks and a more recent one about Fidel Castro.

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.