Film Screening and Discussion: Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution

Event information
Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Graham Center Ballrooms

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The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the premiere of the PBS film documentary, Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution, directed and produced by Glenn Gebhard. Unlike the popular misconception of a sierra-centric revolution that brought a handful of rebels under Fidel Castro to power in January 1959, this film tells the story of two forgotten revolutionaries who created the landscape for Fidel Castro's victory. Frank País, the head of the M-26-7 urban underground, and José Antonio Echeverría, the leader of the Directorio Revolucionario in Havana, were two of the main architects in the fight against Fulgencio Batista. Killed before the victory, País and Echeverría were lost from the history books both in Cuba, and in the worldwide Zeitgeist of the Cuban Revolution's history.

Glenn Gebhard is an award-winning film and video producer as well as a director of documentaries and narrative films. He is also a professor at Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television in Los Angeles, California. Gebhard has produced numerous narrative and documentary films in his career. His recent work includes a series of four documentaries called Cuba at a Crossroads. He also completed Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion with HD net; Crossing Borders: A Cuban Returns, which aired on PBS; Baymen, which aired on New York's Metro Channel; and Dreaming a New Cuba for New York Times Television, and which aired on the Showtime Channel. His film Greetings from Fire Island won the Best Documentary Award at the Long Island Film Festival.

Gebhard's latest documentary, Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution, was coproduced by WTIU PBS in Bloomington, Indiana, and will be released nationwide on PBS in 2015. The film is narrated in English but includes many interviews in Spanish with English subtitles.

Panel Discussion

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion, including:

  • Dr. Lillian Guerra (moderator), University of Florida
  • Glenn Gebhard, Loyola Marymount University
  • Lucy Echeverría, José Antonio Echeverría Foundation
  • Agustín País, Municipios de Oposición en el Exilio
  • Dr. José Álvarez, University of Florida

This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP and for more information, please call (305) 348–1991 or write