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1912: Breaking the Silence

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1912, Breaking the Silence is the title for a project consisting of three chapters dedicated to the history of the Party of the Independents of Color (PIC). An approximation, a tentative sketch necessary for this little known part of Cuba's history. This is documentary material, intended to teach, whose principal resources are the voices of historians and Cuban cultural icons who in some way have taken up this theme as they express their ideas and conclusions.
DVD
2013; 2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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BookDVD
2017
Clemons (Stacks)
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American Comandante

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Meet William Morgan who was raised in Toledo, OH, was the larger-than-life American who rose to power in Cuba during the revolution.
DVD
2016; 2015
Clemons (Stacks)
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Anacaona [electronic resource]: The Amazing Story of Cuba's Forgotten Girl Band

Formed in 1930s Havana, the all-girl orchestra Anacaona achieved world-wide popularity. Cuchito Castro, and eventually her 11 sisters, took on the male-dominated world of "son" music. Son combines the structure and elements of Spanish cancion, Spanish guitar, African rhythms, and percussion instruments of Bantu origin. At the time it was believed women were not capable of playing son. With concerts in 1938 in New York and Paris, along with films in Mexico, Anacaona rose to international fame, but then faded into obscurity after the Cuban Revolution.
Online
2010
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Azucar Amarga: Bitter Sugar

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A love story set against the political and economic tensions of contemporary Havana.
VHS
1996
Ivy (By Request)
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Bay of Pigs

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Online
2000
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The Changing Faces of Communism, Cuba

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Discusses transformation of Cuba under Castro and communism, showing improvements in the educational and medical systems as well as problems with inadequate housing and transportation.
VHS
1990
Ivy (By Request)
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Conducta

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Eleven-year-old Chala lives alone with his addicted mother and trains fighting dogs to make ends meet. This environment of violence sometimes seeps into his school life. Chala has great respect for his sixth-grade teacher, Carmela, but when Carmela becomes ill and is forced to leave the classroom for several months, a new teacher, unable to handle Chala's behavior, takes action. Upon her return, Carmela opposes the harsh measures and other changes in her class. The relationship between the veteran teacher and the child becomes increasingly strong, but this commitment will jeopardize the place of both teacher and student in school.
DVD
2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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Cuba: In the Shadow of Doubt

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Filmed on location at La Plata, Castro s former guerrilla headquarters- the first time any foreign film crew had been permitted there - the documentary examines the origins of Castro s revolution, and its ultimate successes and failures. It places U.S.-Cuban relations within the context of history, dating back to the Spanish-American War in 1898. The documentary goes on to paint a canvas of everyday Cuban life. It contrasts the successes of Cuba - medical care, education and housing - with the often repressive political measures implemented by the Castro government. We hear from Cuban artists, State Department officials, exiled writers, and Fidel Castro himself. We visit the Psychiatric Hospital, the Women's Prison, and a library to see what books are available. This film does full j [...]
Online
1987
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Cuba [electronic resource]: St Lazarus

In "My Americas," Mexican American hosts Roberto Alcaraz and Leticia Vásquez travel into the rich cultural and spiritual life of Latin America in search of their heritage. In this program, Roberto arrives in Havana for the celebration of Saint Lazarus, an event drawing pilgrims to a tiny sanctuary in the nearby town of El Rincón. He discovers how African slaves connected Catholic saints to African deities-Saint Lazarus, for example, with Babalu Aye-to keep their culture alive. He explores African spirituality, sometimes known as Santeria, by meeting with a high priest (or babalao), a performing group specializing in Arará songs and dances, and Afro-Cuban singer, Lazaro Ros. Finally, Roberto takes part in a procession and dances to African drumming, symbolic of the triumph of a people [...]
Online
2015; 2004
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Cuba [electronic resource]: The Broken Image

This program gathers together the most representative of exiled Cuban filmmakers, who recount their personal experiences of having to abandon their work and start a new life away from their country, culture, and natural environment. The program features clips of their films and photographs as it takes viewers on a journey from Cuba in the late 1950s to the lives of the filmmakers today. Although Castro encouraged the development of a state-sponsored cinema in Cuba, opening doors for many talented filmmakers, his policies towards intellectuals led many of these same filmmakers to abandon the island, leaving behind a broken image, an interrupted flow of creativity which some were able to find again abroad but others were not.
Online
1995
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Cuba [electronic resource]: The Next Revolution

In Cuba, Professor Gates finds out how the culture, religion, politics, and music of this island are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th-century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro's Communist revolution in 1959.
Online
2011
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Cuba and Haiti [electronic resource]: Globe Trekker

This Globe Trekker episode follows Ian Wright as he skydives onto a Havana beach and journeys through Cuba and Haiti. In the tobacco province of Pinar del Rio he lends a hand to the guajieros, visits a cigar factory, and stays in the holiday resort built by Fidel Castro's lover. Ian visits the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion and Che Guevara University before swimming with dolphins in Holguin, touring Santiago de Cuba, the country's music capital, taking a trip to Dinosaur Land, a bizarre theme park built by criminals on community service, and climbing the Gran Piedra. He continues to Port au Prince, the capital of Haiti and oldest black republic in the world. After a quick visit to Jacmel to witness a cockfight, Ian gets involved in a peasant festival, is invited to a voodoo ceremon [...]
Online
1998
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Cuban Blood

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Che tries to keep order in his small town until rebels blow up the power plant making all the lights go out. Now he has to confront the rebels before they take everything he loves away.
DVD
2004; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Cuban Dance Examples [electronic resource]: A Glimpse of Cuba Through Dance

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This documentary by Yvonne Daniel includes clips of a variety of different dance styles found in Cuba.
Online
1991
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Cuban Rumba

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This documentary by Yvonne Daniel is about Cuban Rumba dancing.
Online
2001
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Embargo [electronic resource]

Almost half a century of American economic and commercial sanctions have left Cuba impoverished, but far from being crushed, the Cuban people embrace the opportunity to improvise. "You can't just buy things," a woman explains. "You have to invent them." One entrepreneur fashioned a motorbike from parts of a Chinese bicycle and the front of a Soviet rig; and with no cosmetics available, women concoct homemade alternatives using shoe polish and crayons. Capturing the vibrancy of everyday life on the streets of Havana, this film is an inspiring tribute to Cuban creativity necessitated by the American trade embargo.
Online
2004
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Fond Memories of Cuba

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Memories of Cuba is an affectionate and thoughtful portrait of Cuba, some forty years after Castro took power. Academy Award-nominated David Bradbury (Frontline, Chile Hasta Cuando?) documents the erosion of the revolution in Cuba and sadly acknowledges that the socialist dreams of earlier decades have evaporated in the face of harsh circumstances. As the filmmaker travels across the island on trains, in broken-down cars, and sometimes hitchhiking, he encounters a fascinating cross-section of people who share their current reality, their hopes and disappointments. He discovers that the new generation looks to capitalism and tourism as the desperate solution to Cuba s economic woes. Among those Cubans Bradbury encounters are: an elderly couple living in a rent free apartment without p [...]
Online
2002
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Free Havana

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Gay Rights is an issue heard around the world, including Cuba. The show paints a vivid picture of what it has been like to be gay in Cuba through the candid stories of six gay and lesbian individuals. From the Batista era to the Revolution to the Mariel Boatlift to present-day Cuba, 'Free Havana' exposes the evolution of gay life from a time when homosexuality was considered a punishable crime to current efforts to promote a greater acceptance of freedom of sexual preference.
DVD
2012
Clemons (Item is on order)