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Published on May 12, 2016
"Cuba’s Crossroads–Hope, Rock and [R]Evolution” is the sixth in a series of films on sustainability issues by Pace University students and professors.
The film provides an intimate snapshot of Cubans’ lives and views at a remarkable juncture for this nation just 90 miles from Florida — between dictatorship and freedom, propaganda and the World Wide Web, suspicion and hope, making do and making a living.
Over the course of one remarkable week in early spring, the governments of Cuba and the United States cautiously let down their guard, offering a glimpse of what normal relations might look like between nations separated by less than 100 miles of sea, but long divided by clashing ideologies and Cold War tensions.
The film takes viewers from Cuba’s unspoiled beaches to an organic farm supplying the mint for Havana mojitos, from its historic streets and self-sufficient neighborhoods to the throngs at a Rolling Stones show.
Interviews with Cuban citizens and scholars, visiting tourists, and eager American businessmen convey the array of aspirations and concerns related to the expansion of trade with the United States in both goods and ideas.
But there are abundant signs of irreversible momentum. As the Rolling Stones show kicked into gear, Mick Jagger, in British-tinged Spanish, yelled, “Finalmente, los tiempos están cambiando.” “The times are changing!”
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Film Credits: Executive Producers and Directors: Maria T. Luskay and Andrew Revkin
Directors of Photography: Junlei Cai, Heidi Clorofilla, Greg DiRoma, Lesley Donelan, Dawei Dong, Jonathan Forsgren, Danielle Garnes, Joseph Gonzalez, Andre Infante, Tianxin Li, Jordean Matthews, Jing Ning, Nicholas Ostrander, Cassie Pacenka, and Anthony Rueda
Editors: Greg DiRoma, Jordean Matthews, and Cassie Pacenka
Assistant Editors: Joseph Gonzalez and Anthony Rueda