Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fidelandia Documentary Film screening at Broward College: Wednesday March 21 at 7:00pm

Documentary of the Castro regime from a progressive and critical perspective.

Flier for the March 21, 2018 event
The web site for the documentary Fidelandia asks the question "What did the Revolution conceal from you?" I have not seen it, but was contacted by one of the Broward College organizers of the screening, and agreed to share it with others. This is part of a Musical Film Literature Arts Festival, called the "Crossing Borders 2018 Festival." Below is a synopsis of the film.
When Cuba’s former dictator “ Fulgencio Batista” was overthrown from power by Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries in the late 1950’s.  The people of Cuba were promised a better Cuba.  They were promised the opportunity to rise to a higher standard of living, but according to many struggling to survive within the population, Fidel Castro failed to deliver his promise, delivering instead a growing stagnation of an aging economy
Fidelandia takes a look at the country’s current culture post Fidel’s fifty-year reign.  The film explores how the youth deals with the influence of Western culture impacting the country by way of tourism, and the use of illegal Internet and television.
 This promises to be an interesting film seen through the fresh eyes of a young filmmaker. The totalitarian nature of the Castro regime has so warped Cuba that the film renames the island "Fidelandia." Pragda has the following biography of the filmmaker.
Isaias Castañeda is an American filmmaker, born in Chicago, IL. In 2005, Castañeda directed and produced the controversial documentary film Season of Death: Chasing The American Dream. The filmmaker follows several migrants on their journey towards the U.S., capturing the harsh reality of some who attempt to cross into the United States of America illegally. After the completion of Season of Death, he attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Film and Television Production. He is currently in pre-production of Playing Gods, Finding John Doe, and Santan’s Nightmare.
Check out the trailer for the film. Hope to see you at the Performing Cultural Arts Theater at Broward College, 7200 Pines Blvd Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, Wednesday March 21 at 7:00pm. The film will be screened followed by a Question and Answer session with the director. Admission is free.

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