Behind The Hidden Havana: Interview with Daina Chaviana

Cuban writer Daina Chaviano is one of these untiring people who is always on the hunt for new ideas. In her first interview with Havana Times, the author tells us how she began her seasoned career as a Science Fiction writer, how she decided to leave her country of birth to settle in another country and how this new life in “unknown lands” influenced her work.

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“Juan sin Nada”: Cuban Reality and Nothing Else

La singular historia de Juan sin Nada is an independent documentary made in Cuba. Directed by Ricardo Figueredo Oliva and produced by Diana Reyes Barrena, the movie has the audacity to openly and bravely question the raw reality of a Cuban who lives on the edge, with a simple average income that any Cuban living on the island could have.

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Cuban Author Amir Valle: I’ve Always Hated Anything Sectarian

He was born in a town near the Antonio Maceo sugar mill in Guantanamo in 1967. The mill was modern. His town, two km away, wasn’t. Everything was made of wood, everything was empty. In Amir Valle’s home, poor people eat. His best friends eat. A black family. Seven brothers, he tells me, who still used to live in barracks in the 1970s. “The baby that was born into a house was everyone’s baby and, a death in the family was a death that everyone would mourn,” he recalls.

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