Dear Maestra friends and family,
Spring is finally here and we are thrilled to share all that is blooming for our friends and collaborators.
March saw “mega-week” in Cuba, with President Obama and the Rolling Stones coming through within days of each other!
In Cuba and beyond, MAESTRA continues to inspire. We are delighted to continue sharing this story and thank you for sharing this road with us.
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Catherine Murphy and the Maestra Team
In this Issue:
Obama’s Visit to Cuba
Rolling Stones in La Habana
Havana Film Festival New York
Luisa Campos US Tour
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THE ISSUES: Education | Social Justice | Cuba
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All eyes were on Cuba during President Obama’s historic visit. We were happy to hear him acknowledge Cuba’s great achievements in education!
President Obama in Cuba. Source: White House
Rolling Stones in La Habana
In November 2015, one of our key collaborators, Kimberly Waller, Educational Consultant and PhD candidate who has been researching the Cuban Literacy Campaign, organized seven screenings in Havana and Santiago de Cuba with former literacy volunteers.
In January, our Managing Producer, Alison Kibbe, took MAESTRA through Santiago, Camagüey, and Cienfuegos, screening with former literacy volunteers and young people.
We are thrilled that this story continues to be meaningful across the island.
Thank you to the Christopher Reynolds Foundation whose support made these tours possible, and for their continued support throughout the life of the MAESTRA project.
Catherine Murphy with the UNiTE crew at The Rolling Stones concert.(L to R: Rochy Ameneiro, Marilyn Solaya, Julio Cesar Gonzales Pagés, and Lucia D’Emilio
This week we’re in New York City soaking up great Latin American cinema at the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY).
Catherine will speak on a special panel about Filming and Shooting in Cuba with directors Bob Yari and Asori Soto.
Tuesday, April 12 @ 7pm
Free and Open to the Public
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South
HFFNY collaborates with Havana’s International Festival of New Latin American Cinema to introduce audiences to the latest award-winning films and classics from and about Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. Latino community.
Iván Céspedes wins Premio Nacional de Cine
FELICIDADES! Iván Céspedes was awarded the National Film Prize in March.
Still an active filmmaker, Nápoles began his career at the founding of ICAIC, Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos, working closely with Santiago Alvarez on many classic cuban documentaries.
His work has shaped the field of Cuban documentary cinema. We are honored that he graced us as a key cinematographer for MAESTRA.
Luisa Campos Coming to US for Literacy Conference
Luisa Campos, Director of the National Literacy Museum in Havana, will present at the Adult Literacy Conference at the Goodling Institute in Family Literacy at Penn State from April 24 – 29.
She will then travel to New Mexico, the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, presenting on her work with the YO SI PUEDO program, and the work of the National Literacy Museum.
Education | Social Justice | Cuba
Why Some Students Are Ditching America for Medical School in Cuba
U.S. students are choosing Cuba for medical school, attracted by a different vision of community health and preventative care.
The female pioneers driving Cuba’s emerging skate scene
Director Amberly Alene Ellis’ new documentary profiles Cuba’s female skaters, pushing through obstacles even bigger than for their male counterparts.
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