Movies & Books

A Familiar Face at Cuba’s Film School

June 21, 2017 | No Comments »

Friendly, affectionate, but also direct and straight to the point, we found Ybis Caises along the main corridor of the International School of Film and Television. Her job since 1986 consists of connecting students and employees at this center with the outside world.

Leonardo Padura Speaks on His Novels and Cuba

June 7, 2017 | 3 comments

Cuban writer Leonardo Padura announced in Managua the publication of his new novel, set for release in January 2018. The book, “The Transparency of Time” features the reappearance of the emblematic detective Mario Conde, now as a retired police officer in the contemporary Cuba of 2014.

Now, the Other Side of Agitprop

May 30, 2017 | 2 comments

The young filmmaker Eliecer Jimenez shines a light on the different aspects and complexities of the current political landscape here in Cuba. The opposition, breakaway groups, leaders and their disagreements, in a precise editing sequence, where everything has its place.

Wendy Guerra Stays in Cuba and Writes Banned Novels

May 23, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Cleo is a young poet who lives in Havana, a writer under suspicion. State Security and the Ministry of Culture believe that her success has been built by “the enemy” as a weapon of destabilization, a CIA invention. However, some intellectuals living in exile believe Cleo is actually a spy for Cuban intelligence services.

Cuban Documentary “Between Changes”

May 19, 2017 | 12 comments

“Entre cambios” (Between changes) is a documentary dedicated to a specific generation of Cubans: the one who had to live through the fragile limbo when the Soviet Union collapsed. We concentrated particularly on speaking to those who experienced these changes there, in the places where the events took place.

Exchange between Two Cuban Poets

May 19, 2017 | No Comments »

In the same way that news traveled in old times, from hand to hand, Rafael Alcides received the criticism that writer Nestor Diaz de Villegas, another Cuban poet but in exile in the United States, leveled against him in a review of the documentary Nadie (Nobody) directed by Miguel Coyula, where Alcides plays the lead character.

Cuba’s Young Filmmakers Event

May 12, 2017 | No Comments »

Guest writer Jennifer Ruth Hosek comments on this years Young Filmmakers Event which she witnessed in Havana. Gender, sexuality and youth were well-represented as young filmmakers looked more towards the future than at the past.

Cuban Filmmakers and Counter-revolutionaries

April 22, 2017 | 1 Comment »

As a result of the decisions recently made by Cuban cultural institutions, along with the Cuban government, to censor the films Santa y Andres by Carlos Lechuga and the documentary Nadie by Miguel Coyula, a worrying phenomenon has come about.

The Movie of the Rolling Stones in Cuba

March 21, 2017 | 1 Comment »

In my hands, and as a valuable gift brought from Rome, a packet entitled “The Rolling Stones, Havana Moon.” It consists of two CDs with the Stones music and a DVD of the megaconcierto they offered for free at the Havana Sports City on March 25, 2016.

Missing You Cuba, Again (video)

March 4, 2017 | 7 comments

Going back to my country after a long time living in Europe was a shock for me. Realizing that almost all of my friends and family members had left the country for a better future. The text of the short is based on my view of the current situation in Cuba and the things I’ve been through in my own life, like the death of my mother, who committed suicide in Havana, Cuba. This changed the way I look at life, and time.