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Cuban Film Day At the New Theatre · 43 East Essex Street · Dublin 2
Saturday 27th July 2013
Our next presentation is on the 27th of July when we celebrate Cuba National Day, with three films which are having their first Irish screenings. We have decided to dedicate the day to the memory of Bernie Dwyer. Bernie, a journalist and film producer, worked tirelessly in defence of the Cuban Revolution, particularly with regard to the quest for the release of the Cuban Five (also known as the ‘Miami 5’). Her research on aggression and terror directed against Cuba was the subject of her two films: Mission against Terror and The Day Diplomacy Died.
El Ojo del Canario [The Eye of the Canary]
The Eye of the Canary deals with the early life of José Martí, the hero of Cuban national independence. The film is described as “a look into the inner world of José Julián Martí Pérez and the formation of his character as a fair man” and “not a biography, but rather a spiritual journey.”
The director explains: “José Martí was a truly sensitive man who marked the history of Cuba. But he was also a normal human being, like any one of us. I think that is what makes great men great. My film will delve into the day-to-day complexity that helped form Martí’s character during his childhood and teenage years.
The point of view will lean more towards the personal than the historical; more subjective than biographical. Each Cuban has their own Martí. In this film, I would like to express my own.”
Directed by Fernando Pérez. In Spanish, with English subtitles.
La Guerra Necesaria [The Necessary War]
Based on unedited interviews with Fidel, Raúl, Almeida, Celia Sánchez, Haydee Santamaría and other leaders of the Cuban Revolution, this renowned documentary film by Cuba’s own Santiago Álvarez shows the strategy developed by the leaders of the 26th of July Movement during the years 1955–57 in Cuba and in Mexico, from where the revolutionary struggle was planned and the expedition of the yacht Granma launched.
It also covers in a very emotive way the totally selfless and loving yet often overlooked support provided to the revolutionaries by many Mexican men and women during the Revolution’s preparatory phase.
Directed by Santiago Álvarez. In Spanish, with English subtitles.
Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism
A documentary produced by “Rock Around the Blockade” in 2010 that explains the role of socialist Cuba in the world and the challenges it faces in its development amidst world capitalist crisis.
It brings us voices from Cuba, a country fighting for social and economic justice, representing the aspirations of the poor and oppressed around the world. The film demonstrates how vital Cuba is to the struggle for socialism in other countries.
Featuring Cuban workers including a lawyer, an economist, a teacher, and a farmer. It explains how the Cuban people have set up their economy, constitution and social provision despite fifty years of imperialist attack and isolation.
Today it is a country that not only provides its own people with world-class health and education but also sends medical assistance to every corner of the globe. Cuba continues to build and deepen its socialist system and democracy, despite the punitive US blockade and having to cope with the international capitalist crisis.
Directed by Antony Berstowe and Ethercham Hoque. In Spanish, with English subtitles.
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