Cuba, certainly at one point, had nothing to be proud of in its treatment of its queer communities, but things have changed to the point where it’s now one of the most progressive countries on LGBT rights outside of Europe, even if the old myths remain. It has one of the highest degrees of trans visibility anywhere in the world, with gender corrective surgery provided by the health service, and equal treatment in employment law guaranteed.
The theme of this year’s Havana Glasgow Film Festival is ‘Extraordinary Cuba’, and we are examining the ways in which this fiercely independent island nation is truly extraordinary, in its … Continue reading Extraordinary Cuba – An Interview with Michael Chanan
The Cold War cultivated an atmosphere of high paranoia, and threw up many intriguing stories of
spies, espionage and counter-espionage. One of the most notorious and comic example is the CIA’s reputed, doomed attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro, through a series of increasingly outlandish manoeuvres that would sound more at home in Austin Powers than James Bond, ranging from explosive cigars, poisoned pens to bacillus-infested scuba diving suits, with optional booby trapped conch.
Sometimes at Havana Glasgow Film Festival we look to re-screen our most popular films, or films that we think deserve a wider audience. One such film is Patricia Ramos’ prize-winning El … Continue reading A Roof With a View – El Techo
Cuba is famous around the world for many things, from its music to its politics, but is perhaps not so famous for its sport. In fact, shortly after the revolution … Continue reading Running For The Revolution – The Power and Politics of Sport
Cuban music is justly famous worldwide, and arguably the country’s greatest export, one that can effortlessly transcend any cultural embargoes, no matter how petty or arbitrary. The island is renowned … Continue reading Music From the Edge of Time
Arturo Sotto’s “Breton is a Baby” is a discursive documentary which explores a subject you don’t often hear discussed in relation to Cuba – its sheer strangeness. Titled partly as a joke around Andre Breton, the French poet who founded the movement in 1924, the films’s premise is that “Surrealism is part of Latin America in a highly organic manner”, and after watching this film, you won’t disagree.
Miriam Rodero, Nov 2021 This year, Havana Glasgow Film Festival will be dedicating Saturday 20 November to the films of Arturo Sotto. The screenings kick off with Amor Vertical (1997), … Continue reading Arturo Sotto’s ‘Vertical Love’ and ‘Mantis Nest’ – Journeys of Escaping
This summer has been one of glory for Cuba, and with 7 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals, Cuban athletes reached an amazing 14th place in the Tokyo 2020 … Continue reading Cuba, the Olympics and Juantorena