Get a glimpse of life in Cuba at film evenings

  • Feb. 1, 2006 1:00 p.m.

Submitted by Jack Litrell–On Feb. 10 and 11, The Haida Gwaii Film Society is presenting two award-winning Cuban films: “Sin Embargo: Never The Less” by Judith Grey, and “La Vida es Silbar” (Life is to Whistle) by Fernando Perez. The films are in Spanish with English subtitles.
Sin Embargo: Never The Less is a documentary filmed entirely in Cuba. The US economic embargo of Cuba which came into full force in 1963 was designed to isolate the island and overthrow Castro. Now, over 40 years later, the embargo is still in place with even tighter restrictions imposed by the current US administration.
What this film shows is that the Cuban people have not been crushed, but have created a culture of resourcefulness and creativity. While our culture sits atop an ever expanding pile of trash, the Cubans use their cast-offs in imaginative ways. In one scene a man shows how he makes bicycle tubes from used truck tubes. There’s a shop where you can get your toilet repaired and returned with a guarantee. By recycling their past the Cubans have moved forward to a better life where sharing and optimism have strengthened their island community. 49 minutes.
La Vida es Silbar (Life is to Whistle) – This comic and surreal drama is a colourful portrait of Cuba at the end of the millennium. The three main characters, Elpidio the drummer, Mariana the ballet dancer, and Julia the nurse all struggle to find happiness in the hustle and chaos of Havana. Latin sexuality, classic Cuban music, and lush visuals draw you into a world where the past and present are blurred in a landscape infused with symbolism. The stories are woven together by a mysterious narrator who delivers her insights from under the sea. The film is a magical look into the psyche of Cuba delivered in an earthy, sensual style. 106 minutes.
This film contains adult situations not suitable for young children.
Together these two films present contrasting points of view of the intriguing island of Cuba.
Film showings:
o Friday, Feb. 10 Skidegate United Church
o Saturday, Feb 11 Masset – Green Church
o Doors open at 7 pm both nights.

Just Posted

Several more days before salvage of barge can begin on Haida Gwaii

The barge and lodge broke away from their moorings in high winds on Sept. 8 and ran aground.

Photographer finds rare sights at Takakia Lake

It took three summers, but Gregory Gould finally saw vistas and meteors by the protected alpine lake

Haida Gwaii high schools get a jump on new curriculum

Haida Gwaii high school students are starting the year with some new… Continue reading

Haida Gwaii Funeral Services gets support

Village of Queen Charlotte donates storage facility to non-profit group

Tlellagraph: One fire, two points of view

“No matter how good a person you are, you are evil in… Continue reading

Canning sockeye by hand in North Coast B.C.

Arnie Nagy teaches the Northern View how to can salmon in Prince Rupert

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Cap rent increases at inflation rate, B.C. task force recommends

MLAs say drop annual increase that would allow 4.5% rise next year

School, church and old mining site make Heritage BC’s 1st ever ‘watch list”

The list includes sites in need of protection to maintain B.C.’s culture and history

Yowza! Twerk, emoji and facepalm are added to Scrabble dictionary, OK?

Merriam-Webster has announced 300 new words have been added to the spelling game

LGBTQ activists, allies in Victoria counter anti-SOGI protest with rally of their own

Lower Mainland activists plan to protest SOGI on legislature lawn, Sept. 29

Cities make power play for new fiscal order with eye to 2019 federal election

Trudeau ordered Champagne to talk with provinces and territories about ways to “address the timeliness of the flow of funds” to projects.

Trudeau arrives at United Nations, hoping to re-establish Canada on world stage

Trudeau is beginning his day at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where he’s scheduled to deliver brief remarks later this afternoon.

B.C.’s FATSO peanut butter to appear on Dragon’s Den

The Victoria company will be featured on the Sept. 27 episode of the popular show highlighting Canadian businesses

Most Read