Lynn Cruz

Hamletmachine (A soldier’s cry)

October 4, 2017 | No Comments »

In Cuba, those who were born during this tumultuous period in our History, called “Special”, were known as the “Transition Generation”, and maybe the tragedy of these young people lies in the fact that this change, which began to take root in Cuba after the Berlin Wall came down and the Socialist Bloc collapsed as a result, still hasn’t ended.

Darkness Falls Over Cuba after Hurricane Irma

September 13, 2017 | 11 comments

Why is that in Miami, a city in a rich country, businesses began to close down since Wednesday so that people could get ready for the intense and dangerous hurricane and things carried on in Havana like nothing was happening?

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.

A Visual Paradise vs. Institutional “Paradise”

June 12, 2017 | 2 comments

The exhibition Blind Spot took place between June 3rd and 9th at the gallery belonging to the Superior Art Institute (ISA)’s Visual Arts Department, which had been organized by some students from this department.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Words to Cuban Filmmakers

December 10, 2015 | 1 Comment »

While the 37th Havana Film Festival is underway in Cuba (Dec. 3-13), the island’s filmmakers continue to debate important issues related to the future of the industry and its relationship to government authorities.

Cuban Actress Yordanka Ariosa and the “Star System”

October 14, 2015 | 4 comments

More than a week after the news about Cuban actress Yordanka Ariosa’s Best Actress Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival were published, one cannot help but notice that, while a number of newspapers around the world divulged the story, Cuba’s official press completely ignored it. Why?