Thursday, May 13, 2010

Oscar's Cuba

Filmmaker Jordan Allot entered Cuba to film a biography of the life of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, a leader of Cuba's civic non-violent movement and currently an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience serving a 25-year prison sentence at the Combinado de Este prison in Cuba. Jordan takes you on a journey of Cuba as seen through the eyes of Oscar Elias Biscet from the day he was born until the present. Photos and videos of Oscar Elias that even members of his family, who attended the opening, had never seen offer great insights into the man that would become one of Cuba's iconic members of Cuba's democratic opposition.

I saw the film tonight and thought that it offered a great summary of what 50 years of the Cuban dictatorship has done to Cubans along with Cubans efforts to combat it. Go see the film and take a friend or two. Below is the trailer of the film:

Miami Dade College offers information on the upcoming screenings at the Tower Theater on 8th Street:

Three public screenings will take place on May 18, 19 and 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students.

Oscar’s Cuba is a feature-length documentary about Dr. Biscet who is currently serving a 25-year prison term with no due process for allegedly committing crimes against the sovereignty and the integrity of Cuba. The physician is one of the communist island’s best known dissidents and human rights advocates. The film was created by Jordan Allott, who served as director and executive producer. He is the executive producer for Washington-based In Altum Productions. The film was co-produced by the Pan-American Development Foundation. Four time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval contributed the original soundtrack to the production. For more information regarding the film, visit

Oscar’s Cuba

  • WHEN: Tuesday, May. 18, 7:00 PM - Thursday, May. 20, 7:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC’s Tower Theater 1508 SW 8 Street
  • COST: Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students.

For more information related to films and show times at MDC’s Tower Theater, call 305 642-1264 or visit

Oscar’s Cuba media contact: Daniel Allott, 571-296-5257,

Update See Oscar's Cuba in Paris hosted by Cuban writer Zoe Valdez on Friday June 18th at 7pm @ La Maison de l'Amérique latine 217, Boulevard Saint-Germain 75007 Paris, France

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