[Blackstudies-l] Film: Award-Winning Documentary “Black and Cuba”

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*Shadow and Act announces that a film whose crowdfunding campaign was
featured on its site in 2012, is now out. Black and Cuba, directed by Robin
J. Hayes (The New School), is a timely feature documentary that follows a
group of "outcast" African American students at Yale University, who take a
field trip to Cuba to see "how revolution lives," and to get inspiration in
order to pursue their own black resistance reading group.*

*Description*: The award-winning documentary "Black and Cuba" is now
available on Vimeo on Demand <https://vimeo.com/ondemand/34256> after a
successful run at film festivals throughout the US and in Berlin. Directed
by Dr. Robin J. Hayes, the film follows a diverse group of street smart
students who feel like outcasts at their elite Ivy League university, band
together, and adventure to the enigmatic island of Cuba, whose population
is 60% Black.  Black and Cuba arrives on the heels of the Obama
administration’s efforts to thaw US diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease
travel restrictions to the socialist country for Americans.

By illuminating how African Americans from communities such as Harlem and
the South Bronx experience Cuba, this documentary reveals a perspective on
the US-Cuba conflict that is rarely seen in foreign policy circles.

“Freedom to travel to Cuba is particularly important to African Americans,”
asserts the film’s director Robin J. Hayes, a professor at The New School,
“The cultural and political ties that bind Afro-Cubans and African
Americans have been critical to civil rights activism in both countries.”

The film is produced by Progressive Pupil, a non-profit which aims to “make
Black studies for everybody” by creating interactive media and documentary
films.  A national audience engagement strategy is currently under way that
brings the documentary’s discussion of Cuba and how racial discrimination
is an international human rights issue to high schools, college campuses
and community-based organizations.

To rent or buy it via Vimeo On Demand, see https://vimeo.com/ondemand/34256.

For original article and trailer, see
http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/watch-award-winning-doc-black-and-cuba-outcasts-african-american-ivy-leaguers-their-cuban-adventure-20150505
  *ivetteromero <http://repeatingislands.com/author/ivetteromero/>* | May
5, 2015 at 11:25 pm | Tags: Black and Cuba
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