2016 Cuban Film Series

 Our ‘Understanding Cuba Through Film’ series paired film and food with great speakers and cultural events one Friday a month. This Fall’s focus on Communist Cuba compared these ‘so close but so far’ neighbors to ourselves.This free culinary and cultural community seriea paired film and food with great speakers and cultural events to illluminate this ‘close but so far’ neighboor in depth. This series was supported in part by The Vermont Humanities Council and The National Endowment of the Humanities. It was also supported by Express Fluency language school, 118 Elliot and Restless Rooster Cafe, all in Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont.

Cuban dinners served by donation starting 6:30pm
Films start at 7:00 pm with discussion/event to follow
118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street
Downtown Brattleboro, Vermont 05301.


Listen to WWAC’s Lissa Weinmann on “Green Mountain Morning”  talking about our Understanding Cuba Through Film,” premiering Sept. 23, 2016:  http://wkvtradio.com/gmm/una-mayor-comprension/

Trailer: "Conducta"

Trailer: “Conducta

Friday, September 23, 2016
The Film: Conducta 
( Behavior)
(2014, Ernesto Daranas 100 min, Spanish with English subtitles) Conducta is an award-winning, modern Cuban drama that follows the relationship between a teacher nearing retirement and her troubled but spirited student dealing with a drug-addicted mother. Conducta co-star Cuban actress Idalmis Garcia will discuss how the film reflects Cuban society today as compared to the ideals of the Cuban Revolution including the state of its much-lauded, but now threatened, educational system.

If you would like to read up on the Cuban education system, here are links to some interesting articles:

Friday, October 21, 2016
The Film: Unfinished Spaces

(2011,  Alysa Nahmias, Benjamin Murray 86 minutes) Three visionary architects tell the dramatic story of the revolutionary building and later demise and rediscovery of the National Art Schools of Cuba in this brilliant, highly celebrated documentary. Co-Director Benjamin Murray will discuss the legacy of arts education in Cuba and where the schools, now World Monuments, and the ideals stand today.

Trailer: Salud

Friday, November 18, 2016
The Film:  ¡Salud!  (Health!)
(2008, Connie Field, English and Spanish, 90 minutes) looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems’ and the largest medical school in the world where students from the developing world, including scores from depressed areas of the US, study supported by Cuban government scholarships in exchange for an agreement to practice in underserved areas as MDs.  Post film discussion will feature Melissa A. Headley, MD  who practices  in Brooklyn with a medical degree from  Cuba obtained through a Cuban government scholarship program.

Friday, December 16
The Films: Iroko Nuevo
 and Santería/Yoruba ethnographic short films
A holiday celebration, con sabor
A half hour program of evocative ethnographic short films opens a window into the unique and fascinating world of Afro-Cuban folklore and traditions illuminated by a live and lively performance led by Miguel Periche, from Holguín, Cuba and Iroko Nuevo, a 13-member ensemble performing and teaching folkloric dance and music infused with chants and flavor.  In Santería, the iroko tree is a gathering place for the orishas – the saints and ancestors of African religion. The dancers, musicians and singers of Iroko Nuevo will gather in this spirit around Cuban food and holiday desserts for a truly festive, free to the community Windham World Affairs Council holiday happening.

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