We visit Havana to find out how politics affects food and how recent changes are being reflected in Cuban cuisine.
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In 2012, French artist JR and Cuban American artist José Parlá collaborated on The Wrinkles of the City – Havana, Cuba: huge mural installations undertaken for the Havana Biennale, for which JR and Parlá photographed, and recorded 25 senior citizens who had lived through the Cuban revolution; creating portraits, which Parlá interlaced with calligraphic writings and abstract painterly gestures. This is their film collaboration by the same title documenting their experience.
Tropicana Club music and dance show. In operation since 1939. A feast for eyes and ears. This video was shot in July 2010.
Emilio Nani, Guillermo Campos y Jorge Mones Ruiz entrevistan al periodista y escritor Juan Bautista “Tata” Yofre acerca de su último libro “Fue Cuba”, recientemente editado. La obra trata sobre la infiltración cubano-soviética que dio origen a la violencia subversiva en Latinoamérica. Sobre la base de documentos inéditos el autor pone en evidencia la conexión Praga (“Operación Manuel”), como elemento sustancial para la exportación de la revolución cubana y la agresión internacional comunista sufrida por los países de la región. Video Rating: / 5
Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba , is an island country in the Caribbean. The nation of Cuba comprises the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud and several archipelagos. Havana is the capital of Cuba and its largest city. The second-largest city is Santiago de Cuba. To the north of Cuba lies the United States (150 km (93 mi) away), the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands are to the northeast, Mexico is to the west (210 km (130 mi) away), the Cayman Islands and Jamaica are to the south and Haiti and the Dominican Republic are to the southeast.
The island of Cuba was inhabited by numerous Mesoamerican Indian tribes prior to the landing of explorer Christopher Columbus in 1492, who claimed it for the Kingdom of Spain. Cuba remained a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, after which it gained nominal independence as a de facto U.S. protectorate in 1902. The fragile republic endured increasingly radical politics and social strife, and despite efforts to strengthen its democratic system, Cuba came under the dictatorship of former president Fulgencio Batista in 1952.
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A visit to Cuba raises the question.
How did the regime provide free education and health,
And build a society with modest standard of living and with high culture
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BOXEADORA documentary director Meg Smaker shares her film with trailer and clips highlighting the story of Cuban woman boxer, Namibia, and her struggle to get recognition in the ring, in a country that has somehow banned the sport for women. The strange politics of pugilism in Cuba, and the dynamic journey that culminated in the film which was a sensation at SXSW and other film festivals is all explored in this BYOD, hosted by Ondi Timoner.
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Since Castro’s Revolution, Cuba has won more Olympic gold medals in boxing than any other country in the world. Although this boxing powerhouse has more than 19,000 male boxers, female boxing is nonexistent on the island – the result of a ban on female boxing put into place after the revolution. Boxeadora follows Namibia, a Cuban woman who has been training in secret as a boxer for five years, hoping the government would lift its ban. Now 38, she only has two years left of boxing eligibility. Journey with Namibia as she tries to leave the island to follow her only dream: to compete as a boxer.
Meg Smaker, a documentary filmmaker, is also a competitive boxer. In late 2013, she traveled to Cuba to train as a boxer for an upcoming fight. Shortly after arriving in Havana, she discovered women were banned from the sport. This was a surprise, as Cuba has a rich sports culture and is a Communist country that preaches equality. Eventually Meg found a fight gym that would train her; there she met Namibia, the only female boxer in Cuba. Inspired by Namibia’s story, Meg made the documentary Boxeadora for her thesis film after returning to the U.S. to finish her graduate degree in documentary film at Stanford University.
Meg’s documentary subjects read like a “who’s who” of the underworld: Somali pirates, BDSM porn stars, crystal meth kingpins, underground fighters in Cuba, and high-end call girls. She likes to explore controversial issues from an unorthodox viewpoint. Her documentaries have won numerous awards on the film festival circuit including multiple awards for Best Documentary.
00:01 Welcoming Meg Smaker of BOXEADORA to BYOD.
00:40 BOXEADORA wins Grand Jury prize for Best Short at SXSW.
01:50 Discussing how Meg got involved in making this film about boxing.
02:45 Why Cuba?
04:30 BOXEADORA, Clip: Namibia training in Cuba to make it to the olympics.
06:05 What drew Meg to boxing?
08:00 What did Meg experience in Cuba?
11:15 BOXEADORA, Clip: Namibia visiting her mother’s house
13:15 Why was Namibia denied a VISA by the Cuban government?
14:00 Photography in the film, shooting on the 5D
14:15 Namibia partying – how does this impact the audience’s view of her?
17:00 Flying from Cuba to SXSW
18:50 At SXSW, Namibia got her VISA because of it, turning into feature.
19:30 What it was like for Namibiya at SXSW?
19:55 Wrapping up, See Meg at the Ashland FF, Sarasota FF.
21:19 Namibia’s Olympic prospects.
22:50 Meg’s new project, Generation Bling.
23:45 Thank you and Goodbye.
24:03 BOXEADORA, Trailer. Video Rating: / 5