[MKE - Indymedia] Tues/Wed. Acclaimed films: "Balseros" nominated for Academy Awards Best Doct. - on Cuban rafters./Chavez & New Latin America
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Mon May 1 20:03:10 PDT 2006
News issued by: Wisconsin Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba
633 W. Wisconsin Ave. Suite 1410, Milwaukee, WI 53203
(414) 273-1040 ext. 12; cubawifriends at mindspring.com
Check out our website: www.wicuba.org
Tues & Wed. Acclaimed films: "Balseros" nominated for Academy Awards Best
Doct. - on Cuban rafters./Chavez & New Latin America -- both in
UW-Milwaukee student union, room 191 at 7pm
Tuesday, May 2
-Academy Award nominee: best documentary
-Havana Film Festival: documentary award
(For the full list of awards and other information, see
In the summer of 1994, a team of public television reporters filmed
and interviewed seven Cubans, and their families, beginning a few days
before their risky venture of setting out to sea in homemade rafts to
reach the coast of the United States.
One of the balseros (rafters) was on a raft that was not seaworthy and
had to return to Havana. The others made it far enough to be picked up
at sea by the U.S. Coast Guard and taken to the North American naval
base at Guantanamo, where the film crew caught up with them, and
recorded their many months of confinement. Their families in Cuba had
no news of them.
When the balseros were finally allowed to go to the United States, the
film crew went with them to a string of cities that included Miami;
the Bronx; York, Pennsylvania; Grand Isle, Nebraska; Albuquerque, New
Mexico; and a host of other places to which the lives of these
immigrants carried them. Seven years later, the film crew visits them
again, to discover what their destiny has been in the United States.
Theirs is a true story about some of the authentic survivors of our
times, the human adventure of people who are shipwrecked between two
worlds. 120 min. Directed by Carlos Bosch
Wednesday, May 3
Chavez, Venezuela, and the New Latin America
This film explores Venezuela's explosive revolutionary terrain
post-April 2002 when Hugo Chávez survived a coup attempt instigated
by the United States. Featuring interviews with Hugo Chávez, President
of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and Jorge García Carneiro,
newly appointed head of the Venezuelan Armed Forces, along with many
The film highlights the role of the more than 10,000 Cuban volunteers
mostly doctors and other medical personnel assisting in the
implementation of Venezuela's ambitious social programs in health care
delivery and adult literacy campaigns, among others.
This film affords a rare opportunity to glimpse through the blockade
of information imposed by the United States and into a country rich
with hope, dreams and... oil. 55min.
Directed by Aleida Guevara (Daughter of Ernesto "Che" Guevara).
NOTE: IF you can't make these showings, we can loan either film to
interested groups or parties.!
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