Film Screening: Cubamerican

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center 140

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Spanning the past 60 years of Cuban history, Cubamerican evokes universal themes of loss, freedom, assimilation, struggle, and triumph through the stories of Cuban exiles who have achieved acclaim in diverse fields in the U.S. and beyond, rendering a mosaic of a bittersweet exile experience. A pro-immigrant story that grapples with the agony of displacement, contributes rumination on the future of Cuba, and highlights the absolute need for all of the world's people to be able to freely exercise their fundamental human rights, Cubamerican is an insightful and powerful experience.

According to film critic Hans Morgenstern of the Miami New Times, Cubamerican is a "moving documentary on the Cuban experience in America." Morgenstern describes the documentary as "refreshing," "thorough and tempered," and "an accomplishment." In his view, the film "weaves together historical footage and personal pictures, which are given a sense of motion by highlighting several planes of the image." Cubamerican, Morgenstern concludes, "is a beautifully assembled documentary that should not be reserved for only Cubans but also the Americans who live with them."

José Enrique Pardo was the director, producer, and writer of the documentary. Among the Cuban Americans he interviewed for his film are the following:

  • Steven Bauer, Golden Globe Award-nominated actor
  • Carlos M.N. Eire, National Book Award-winning author
  • Lorena Feijóo, prima ballerina of the San Francisco Ballet
  • Lorna Feijóo, prima ballerina of the Boston Ballet
  • Andy García, Academy Award-nominated actor
  • Pedro J. Greer, Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree
  • Achy Obejas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist
  • Mirta Ojito, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • Eduardo Padrón, President, Miami Dade College
  • Tony Pérez, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer
  • Gustavo Pérez Firmat, award-winning author
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Grammy Award-winning musician

Cubamerican is narrated in English with Spanish subtitles. It will be screened at FIU on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 5:00 PM; and on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 3:00 PM. The admission fee is $20 per person. To purchase tickets online, click here.