The Chicago Social Justice Lens Film Series

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As the United States is making historic changes in its relation to the island nation, 90 miles south of Florida, what do people in the United States know about Cuba, her culture, her people and most importantly, her revolution?

The Social Justice Initiative, in partnership with the UIC Latino Cultural Center, presents Holá Cuba!  Holá Cuba is a summer film series featuring 5 documentaries that provide a window into Cuba’s past and present, especially its efforts at social transformation and the building of a new society.

The series starts on July 6th and continues each WEDNESDAY until August 3rd.

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July 6, 2016
Cuban Roots, Bronx Stories highlights the historical journey of an Afro-Cuban family, from Jamaica, to Cuba, to the Bronx, revealing that the Cuban-American experience is more diverse, racially and ideologically, than we are often led to believe. 57 min.

July 13, 2016
¡SALUD! is a timely film about the competing values that mark the battle for global health. ¡SALUD! examines the remarkable case of Cuba, a poor country with one of the world’s best health systems,” and explores Cuba’s extensive global health initiatives. 93 min.

July 20, 2016
“Eyes on the Rainbow: A Film with Assata Shakur” deals with the life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 15 years. In it we visit with Assata in Havana and she tells us about her history and her life in Cuba. 63 min.

July 27, 2016 
Shorts Night featuring “Maestra” & “With a Stroke of Chaveta!”
“Maestra”, Narrated by Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, MAESTRA (Spanish for teacher) explores the experiences of nine of the women who, as young girls, helped eradicate Cuban illiteracy within one year. 33 min.

“With the Stroke of a Chaveta” is a poetic documentary short detailing the middle of the 1800s to the early 1900s as lectores, or readers, were an integral part of the world of cigar workers in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Florida, and New York. The short highlights how through “la lectura,” or reading, communities of cigar workers were entertained, educated, and developed a sense of class solidarity. 28 min.

August 3, 2016
“Gay Cuba”
“Gay Cuba” Gay Cuba takes a candid look at one of Cuba’s most controversial human rights issues: the treatment of gay and lesbian people since the Cuban Revolution of 1959.  57 min.