Movies & Books

Colombian Filmmaker Takes Cuban Novel to the Big Screen

March 27, 2015 | No Comments »

Sergio Cabrera was awe-struck by the adventures of Nieve Guerra, the child protagonist of the diary/novel authored by Cuban novelist Wendy Guerra. “Eight years ago, someone gave me a book for my birthday that I enjoyed immensely and moved me to tears.”

Cuba’s New Filmmakers Festival is Nearing

March 25, 2015 | No Comments »

Films made by young and emerging filmmakers will flood Havana’s 23 street from March 31 to April 5. Most will be independent films, though a number of pieces are also produced by different Cuban film schools.

Guanabo, Cuba, a Ghost Town

March 22, 2015 | 3 comments

Guanabo, on the east side of Havana, was the beach town where I lived most of my childhood; few people in the Cuban winter and many in summer. Even in hard times it doesn’t cease to be fascinating, magical and provocative.

A Journalist’s Take on Cuban Press History

March 3, 2015 | 7 comments

The book “Revolution, Socialism, Journalism: Cuba’s Press and Journalists Before the 21st Century” makes an important contribution to our understanding of Cuban history because it delves deeply into the “old problem of democracy, freedom and the role of the press.”

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.