At DC Caribbean Filmfest, New Doc Sheds Light on Race in Cuba

Film Screening Details DC Caribbean Filmfest Sunday June 15, 9:40pm AFI Theater and Cultural Center 8633 Colesville Rd Silver Spring, Maryland Press Kit and Trailer:
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WASHINGTON - June 11, 2014 - PRLog -- Silver Spring—An enthusiastic crowd is anticipated at the DMV area premiere of the documentary film Black and Cuba thisSunday June 15. Directed by Robin J. Hayes, PhD—a professor at The New School in New York City and human rights advocate—the documentary follows a diverse Ivy League students who take a field trip to the enigmatic island of Cuba, whose population is 60% black. The screening is part of DC Caribbean Filmfest, which recognizes Caribbean Heritage month, and is co-presented by organizations including the Caribbean Association of the World Bank  and IMF Staff (CAWI) and TransAfrica.

“The diversity of the Black community is a source of strength,” says Hayes, who identifies as African American, “For too long, the contributions and concerns of Caribbean communities have been made invisible in our history. Black and Cuba changes that.”

With gritty scenes of Afro-Cuban life and narration performed by a trio billed as the “Harlem Chorus,” Black and Cuba explores why the US and Cuba are not yet postracial or colorblind. The students’ encounters with rappers, housing project residents and youth show that struggles with racial stereotypes, employment discrimination and racial profiling continue in Cuba and the United States.

In archival footage, Black and Cuba features historical figures including Fidel Castro, Angela Davis, Che Guevara and Malcolm X. The longstanding connections between African Americans and Cuba are highlighted.  The documentary also discusses the continued impact of the decades old US embargo of the island.

"The US embargo against Cuba has been detrimental to the human rights of both Cubans and Americans," says Kathryn Striffolino of Amnesty International USA, who appears in the film, "it's an incredibly antiquated policy."
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