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“Cuba: so close, yet so far” film screenings and panel discussions: Films

Six-week program that will bring together humanities scholars of Barry University, the FIU - CRI & CCE Miami for public dialogue, of a deeper understanding of South Florida's Cuban culture via film & round-table discussion

Spanish Film Club Series

Sponsored in part by PRAGDA Spanish Film Club.

On the Roof (El techo)

Directed by Patricia Ramos / Cuba / 75 min / 2017

The screening will be presented by Dr. Beatriz Calvo-Peña, assistant professor of

Spanish at Barry  University, and followed by a Q&A session with film director Patricia




This film follows three young habaneros who decide to become entrepreneurs in

contemporary Cuba to change  their  vacuous routine.  But they get a reality check

when they endure the difficulties of getting ahead and creating opportunities under

 a panorama of poverty. 

The Travel Agent (Pequeñas mentiras piadosas)

Directed by Niccolò Bruna / Cuba, Spain, Italy / 87 min / 2015

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Corinna Moebius, PhD candidate at Florida International University and author of “A History of Little Havana.”



This movie takes us to the United States Interests Section in Havana, where after 54

years of an embargo, Cubans can finally get a visa to travel legally to the U.S. Using

this as a backdrop, “The Travel Agent” explores faith through one of the most

outstanding aspects of Cuban  culture: Santeria and religious syncretism.

Horizons (Horizontes)

Directed by Eileen Hofer / Cuba, Switzerland / 70 min / 2015

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Javier González, associate professor of early childhood education at Barry University.



Following the career of two classical dancers, this movie revisits the extraordinary

destiny of Alicia Alonso, the founder of the National Ballet of Cuba. Alonso, who

recently turned 97 years old, is one of the most renowned public figures in Cuba.

The movie weaves her life with that of two young dancers at different stages in their


The Companion (El acompañante)

Directed by Pavel Giroud / Cuba / 104 min / 2016

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Laura Finley, associate professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University.



At the end of the 1980s and during the 1990s, the  Cuban government confined

HIV patients to sanatoriums under military rule, allowing patients a weekly pass

to visit their families under the  supervision of personal wardens called  “companions.”

This movie dives into some of the  most obscured moments of Cuban history: the

AIDS epidemic, military involvement in Africa, and the pressure the government

exerted over Cuban athletes.

Everybody Leaves (Todos se van)

Directed by Sergio Cabrera / Colombia, Cuba / 107 min / 2015

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Richard Denis, assistant professor of political science at Barry University.



This film set in the 1970s introduces us to the politics of the Cuban Revolution:

how ideological repression worked on every aspect of daily life up to the point

of suffocation and how it caused Cubans to leave in search of a more luminous