A two-part Cuban Film Festival, Images of Cuba Engaging the World, on Nov. 12 and 15 will feature documentary film screenings that explore our nearest island neighbor in their humanitarian and solidarity relationships with the world as part of International Education Week organized by the Montana State University Office of International Programs.
On Saturday, Nov. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bozeman Public Library’s Large Community Room, this free film festival will feature four Montana premiere film screenings and discussions on about ways in which Cuba engages with the world. Diverse topics include the export of Cuba’s health care model, how Cubans are claiming their gender and sexual diversity and rights as part of a worldwide movement to end homophobia and trans-phobia, and why and how Guantanamo, the United States’ Naval Base and Detention Center for accused terrorists – located on the eastern end of Cuba since 1903 – impacts the Cuban people.
The evening documentary film, “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,” will explore ways in which Cuba adapted to the loss of trade and aid – especially oil and food imported from the former Soviet Union – by creating sustainable solutions to agriculture, energy and food. Montana residents who have spent time in Cuba over the past few years will be sharing their perspectives and leading discussions about each of these documentaries.
The 2016 Cuba Film Festival will continue on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., in MSU’s Jabs Hall Room 207, with “Maestra/Teacher,” the story of Cuba’s 1961 Literacy campaign which ended illiteracy in one year as certified by UNESCO. More than 50 nations are using Cuba’s educational model to promote literacy in their countries. This program will serve as a preview for a visit by Luisa Campos, Director of Cuba’s Literacy Museum, educator and global consultant, to MSU in fall 2017, as part of a U.S. speaking tour.
See the Get Out calendar for a full list of times and more information.
For more information, contact Jan Strout, MSU Instructor and co-founder of Gallatin Valley Friends of Cuba at [email protected] or visit www.womenandcuba.org.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle, November 11, 2016