Charge of the Literacy Brigade at Cuban film fest

  • Article by: Colin Covert , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2013 - 2:57 PM

The Thursday-night series includes movies about music, history, prejudice and romance.

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aachtenbergFeb. 22, 1311:05 AM

Not sure what you mean about 100 Sones not being successful as a documentary. As someone with some familiarity with Cuban music, and the tradition of son, I found it tremendously informative; learned a lot, appreciated the input from musicians all over the island as well as, of course, enjoyed the magic and the music of it. Thanks for mentioning Cuba travel; I do need to add some correct information. As an individual, I am responsible for something called Arts Focus on Cuba -- I take groups to Cuba on arts-centered trips -- these are not touristic but professional trips with the the central purposes of research in the arts, and for US people working in the arts to meet their Cuban counterparts. Talk about magic! I did do one trip using the MN Cuba Committee's People-to-People license, which is currently awaiting renewal, but I work with professional licenses, and while my trips are publicized by the the MN Cuba Committee, just as they get news out about many local and national trips to Cuba, Arts Focus on Cuba trips are my independent project. I also must add, that Cuban film is often critical of Cuban society as good film everywhere is critical, and perhaps rather than being judged on a simplistic scale of, "how much do they criticize the Castro government", they be viewed and understood in the full context of the many Cuban visions of their own reality and history, and living with the challenges they face. The Cuban reality is profoundly complex and constantly changing, and I would welcome film viewers to get a deeper sense of that reality, and bring with them a sensitivity to the issues that provide context to many Cuban films, like the deeply painful scattering of family members which has affected an enormous number of Cubans. Thanks for your interest in Cuban film, and Cuban reality.

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