Cubans appear less and less interested in going to the movies, visiting museums, going to libraries or seeing stage plays – activities that are no longer among families’ entertainment or educational priorities. However, visits to art shows and attendance at dance music performances is up.
Movies & Books
Eduardo Germán María Hughes Galeano (Eduardo Galeano), one of Hispano-America’s most renowned intellectuals, took his last breath on Monday April 13, His narrative was one of my favorites to read.
Marcos Menendez competed at last week’s New Filmmakers Festival with his fourth piece, a short, animated film completed in 2014 titled Un dia mas (“Another Day”). The animation, winner of the Latinoamerica en Corto Award at Madrid’s 13th Notodofilmfest Short Film Festival, tells the story of Manolo, a man mired in a daily, alienating routine. In 2011, Menendez had already received a special mention at the festival for his piece Lluvia de estrellas (“Raining Stars”).
Carlos M. Quintela’s La obra del siglo (“The Work of the Century”) was filmed in Cuba’s Juragua nuclear city, in the province of Cienfuegos, a place that invokes the great illusions the island harbored during the 1980s.
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.”
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, 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.
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.”
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)
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.