Movies & Books

Shooting Papa Hemingway in Cuba

April 27, 2016 | 3 comments

Directed by Iranian-American, Bob Yari who produced notable films such as The Illusionist and Oscar-winning Crash, the movie faced many hurdles in order to be filmed in Cuba. Yari overcame obstacles due largely in part to the limitations of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. According to Yari, 90% of the film crew was Cuban, and 95% percent of the movie was filmed in Cuba.

Angel Santiesteban: “I write to justify the space I take up on this Earth”

April 22, 2016 | 2 comments

My life seems meaningless if I don’t write every day. I write in order to express the feelings of those who want to be heard.” The father of two children, he doesn’t read what others write about him or his books. He only fears being unable to speak his mind.

Capitalism in Cuba: Before and After the Revolution (Video)

April 15, 2016 | No Comments »

“Capitalism” is part six of the interview-documentary with Cuban poet Rafael Alcides on a host of different topics. Director: Miguel Coyula. English subtitles. The other segments of the documentary are titled: The Nice Things, Artists and Politicians, About Beauty, Once Upon a Time in Biran and The People. We provide you the links.

Cuban Novelist Pedro Juan Gutierrez and the Censorship of Silence

April 11, 2016 | 3 comments

I still can’t believe it: Novelist Pedro Juan Gutierrez reading excerpts from La linea oscura (“The Dark Line”), a poetry anthology recently published by Ediciones Verbum. I wasn’t surprised by the possibility – increasingly slimmer, to be sure – of meeting him face to face. What I find hard to believe is that a mere eleven people (including one or two undercover security agents, no doubt) gathered at the Cuban Writers and Artists Association (UNEAC).

Cuban Poet Rafael Alcides on Fidel Castro and the Press (Video)

January 30, 2016 | 32 comments

“Once Upon a Time in Biran,” part four of the web documentary “Rafael” from an extensive interview conducted with Cuban poet Rafael Alcides on numerous topics. Director: Miguel Coyula (2016).

Orwell’s 1984 to be Published in Cuba

January 26, 2016 | 6 comments

One of the most merciless indictments against totalitarian societies and the lack of freedoms under socialist systems, the novel 1984 by George Orwell, will be published shortly in Cuba by a government publisher.

Jose Marti Answers Questions from the 21st Century

January 14, 2016 | No Comments »

The interview you’re about to read seeks answers to developments in today’s Cuba in the figure of Jose Marti (1853-1895). Where did I find the answers to these questions? In Ramiro Valdes Galarraga’s Diccionario del Pensamiento Martiano (“Jose Marti’s Thought: A Glossary”), published by Cuba’s Ciencias Sociales in 2013, the 160th anniversary of Marti’s birth.

Interview with Cuban poet Rafael Alcides (web documentary)

January 10, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Introducing the first three episodes of the mini web series “Rafael Alcides” from a 4-hour interview with Cuban poet and writer Rafael Alcides on various topics. Director: Miguel Coyula (2015). Subtitles in English

A Painful Train Ride in the Heart of Cuba

January 4, 2016 | 13 comments

The following text silently fades in over black: “Cuba is a socialist Latin American island nation where the State controls most of the means of production to guarantee the wellbeing of its citizens.” Thus begins Marcelo Martin’s documentary, El tren de la linea norte (“The North Line Train”). The film documents a journey that begins at the station in Moron and ends at Punta Alegre in the central Cuban province of Ciego de Avila.

“The Reconquest of the Useless” – Interview with the Filmmakers

December 19, 2015 | No Comments »

Over thirty years ago, the German director Werner Herzog filmed his most important movie, “Fitzcarraldo”, which earned him the 1982 Cannes Festival award for best director. The film tells the story of Brian Fitzgerald (Fitzcarraldo), an eccentric man so obsessed with the opera that he decides to build a theater in the Amazon jungle. Apparently one lone conquest of the useless wasn’t enough to confirm the uselessness of the entire process.