Each month the library offers a screening of some of the latest hard hitting or informative releases for viewing and discussion on a Saturday afternoon. Everyone is welcome, admittance is free, and there is no need to register.
In 1996, Barbara Ramos left her native Cuba to take up residence in Italy. But 18 years later, Ramos, sensing the winds of change in the wake of President Raul Castro’s reforms, decided to return home.
David Fabrega, a Montreal-based documentary-maker, spent much of the last three years chronicling Ramos’s adjustment to her homeland. The result, Return to Cuba, paints an insightful insider’s view of the country, unlike the plethora of quaint travelogues or the oft-clichéd political analyses usually emanating from the country.
This is a candid account of dealing with both the pleasant and harsh realities of living in Cuba. Though free to work and profit from her entrepreneurial skills in Italy, Ramos remained constantly homesick for Cuba. But coming back home meant that she would have to come to grips with what will and what won’t change in Cuba. While acknowledging excellent health care in the country, Ramos is not blind to the fact that many of life’s basics are still hard to find and that wages lag far behind those in most countries of the West. Yet while there is still much censorship, drugs and safety in the streets are not a concern.
“There’s no question that with the transition from Fidel to Raul Castro, there is also a sense of freedom – yet at the same time health care and education are still completely subsidized by the government. “Everything is changing so fast. When the old leaders are gone, it will be very important for the young politicians to protect the culture and the independence of the country, and not to let Cuba become another U.S. satellite like a Puerto Rico. Sure, there will probably be Starbucks in Havana, but I don’t really worry about Cuba being turned into a giant Disneyland.”
“Return to Cuba” will be shown at the Creston Public Library Saturday, February 10th at 2pm in the meeting room. For more information about the film and to watch the trailer, please see the website: http://conteurprod.com/en/film/return-to-cuba/
As with all of our documentaries: The views and statements expressed in this film are solely those of the film makers and the other contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Creston Public Library.
Run Time: 78 minutes, discussion to follow.