As the United States and Cuba move toward normal relations for the first time in more than 54 years, after the latter was cut off from America by decades of hostility, living in conditions of scarcity and political restrictions, expect that unfolding new relationship to give birth to new collaborations in art – specifically film.
In this case, a documentary that profiles a unique collection of people who are pushing local boundaries and, as the title states, “Reinventing Cuba.”
Per the press release, the one hour documentary goes beyond the stereotypes – beyond cigars and salsa, beyond mojitos and Malecón, beyond antique American cars and decaying architecture to reveal an extraordinary nation eager to embrace change.
Host Gerry Hadden takes viewers on a personal journey. He meets little league sluggers defying the odds and dreaming of the majors; doctors and medical researchers saving lives; hustlers finding ways around limited internet connections; artists and designers at the height of creativity; and black marketeers selling a vital entertainment and information device called “the package.”
Hadden portrays vibrant, hopeful, and resourceful characters facing enormous challenges in today’s Cuba. He reveals an often overlooked, burgeoning, middle class that is at the forefront of what will likely be Cuba’s future as it moves into a new era.
The documentary is directed by Humberto Duran, and filmed by Amando Guerra and Josep Alfero. It is produced by the North American production center of China Central Television. Executive Producers are Ma Jing, Mei Yan and Guo Chun.
“Reinventing Cuba” has its first airing Sunday August 9th at 7pm EST, nationally on Dish Network Channel 279, and on the ‘CCTV News’ channels in New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles.
Time Warner 221 and Verizon FiOS 277 in New York.
Comcast 273, Cox 472, RCN 32, Verizon FiOS 458 in Washington D.C.
Time Warner 155 and Charter 562 in Los Angeles.
Here’s a trailer: