FREE THE CUBAN 5 MONTH/FILM FESTIVAL!
This year, The Popular Education Project to Free the Cuban 5 is organizing a film festival and a series of forums to educate, organize and mobilize for the freedom of these innocent men! Please Support our efforts! Contact us if you want to host a film showing or a forum! Email us at: email@example.com or call
A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all, ¡Salud! looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems.’ From the shores of Africa to the Americas, !Salud!hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba — now numbering 30,000, including nearly 100 from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health—and the complex realities confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone’s birth right.
A feature documentary, ¡Salud! is directed by Academy Award nominee Connie Field and co-produced by Gail Reed. The film spans three continents to look at the philosophy and health professionals placing Cuba on the map in the worldwide movement to make health care a global birthright. Today, Cubans are among the world’s healthiest people, despite the island’s poverty. Cuba’s volunteer corps now posts 28,000 health professionals in 68 countries; and Cuban medical schools will graduate an unprecedented 100,000 new doctors from developing countries over the next decade.
Friday Sept. 30th, 2011 at 7pm-10pm
Casa de las Américas, 182 East 111th St. (bet. Third and Lexington Ave.)
Cuban Film Festival
Fidel: The untold story:
Whether dismissed as a relic or revered as a savior, all agree that Fidel Castro, nearing 44 years as the leader of Cuba, is one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. Rarely are Americans given a chance to see inside the world of this socialist leader.
The new documentary film FIDEL by Estela Bravo offers a unique opportunity to view the man through exclusive interviews with Castro himself, historians, public figures and close friends, with rare footage from the Cuban State archives.
Alice Walker, Harry Belafonte, and Sydney Pollack discuss Fidel as a person, while former and current US government figures including Arthur Schlesinger, Ramsey Clark, Wayne Smith, Congressman Charles Rangel and a former CIA agent offer political and historical perspectives on Castro and the long-standing US embargo against Cuba. Family members and close friends, including Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, offer a window into the rarely seen personal life of Fidel.
Bravo’s camera captures Fidel Castro swimming with bodyguards, visiting his childhood home and school, joking with Nelson Mandela, Ted Turner and Muhammad Ali, meeting Elian Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with members of the Buena Vista Social Club. Juxtaposing the personal anecdotal with history of the Cuban revolution and the fight to survive the post-Soviet period, FIDEL tells a previously untold story and presents a new view of this compelling figure.
Friday Sept. 16th, 2011 at 7pm-10pm
Casa de Las Americas 182 E. 111th St.
(Btwn. Lexington and Third Ave.)
Take the 6 train to E. 110th St.
Suggested donation: $5 (No one will be turned away)
Travel Bound Educators:
Casa de las Américas is planning their second annual trip to Havana during the February NYC public school winter break. The focus of the trip will be on exploring the educational system in Cuba. As such we will obtain an education license to keep within the State Department guidelines and requirements to travel to
We will build on last year’s experience to maximize the benefits this trip will offer – as we attempt to renew, or continue our efforts to create a better educational system here in the USA.
Cuba has had a legacy of quality education for its citizens that is well known and documented. Cuba, from the path it has embarked since 1959 called the Revolution, began its well known journey of eliminating illiteracy to guaranteeing higher education achievement to its citizens – within the context of its
own trials and tribulations for economic growth and sustainability – and the roadblocks imposed on it from the major capitalist economic giant to its north.
In this vein, we urge all interested travelers on our trip to read on Cuba’s educational system and achievements. We will make available a reading list to this end in the coming weeks before the trip. In addition we will plan a meeting on the trip’s logistics. We hope to make this as interactive as possible within the constraints of time and costs.
An itinerary will be made that will include different levels of educational institutions, educators, students and parents. We plan to visit a number of auxiliary educational settings such as museums and related points of interest.
In addition to the above and of primary importance are the details concerning the cost of the trip and subsequent steps. You will be asked to provide proper documentation proving US citizenship and identifying your profession.
You will be identified as an educator, retired educator, educational activists, or a concerned citizen for a better education in the USA.
In your RSVP, please indicate if more people will be traveling with you and their current passport name, the passport number, and state residence of the identifying categories mentioned above. For contact purposes please provide us with an email address and a cell phone number if possible. Right now there is no space limitation, but depending on the response, one will be drawn. Trip details will be provided via email, and other available social media.
Please RSVP as soon as possible to William Gerena, with the requested information.
William Gerena Rochet Gerena339@gmail.com
Nancy Cabrero Nycgab95@yahoo.com