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A View of Color

By Shaynah Ferreira and Kate Bartel

Following the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Fidel Castro made closing the wage gap between white and black Cubans a priority. Additionally, the Revolution led to a number of advancements in education and health care access, stressing the idea that all Cubans have equal rights to free education and universal healthcare. Now, according to the Cuban government, racism and discrimination have been eradicated from the island. There are no races. Everyone is Cuban. Read more...

Beating the censors

By Kelsey Conner and Sydney Zuckerman

In Cuba, the extent of censorship is difficult to determine. Vague laws allow for the State to quiet those whose messages go against official rhetoric, and control ends up being subtle–not a storm of blatant propaganda, but a breeze that blows unnoticed except by those who go against it. It is understandable why many tourists are able to visit Cuba and experience it as a tropical paradise, because in some ways, it is. Read more...

The daily struggle

By Paola Tristan Arruda and Javier Rodriguez

“Life in Havana” focuses primarily on the daily activities and struggles of families living in the capital of Cuba. Through a cultural and political lens, this mini-documentary aims to display life as Cubans know it, which includes means of obtaining food, areas of work, hobbies, activities, and education. In a country that is referred to as being “stuck in time,” how do people move forward with their lives? Read more...

Deaf and disabled

By Christine Ulin and Lindsay Perdue

Parker Vasconlo was salsa dancing at Café Cantante, a Havana nightclub known for its large crowds and live music, when he heard a commotion.

“There was a fight with two people and the police came in,” Vasconlo said.

In the midst of the chaos, Vasconlo was thrown into a wall that collapsed on him, causing multiple fractures in his arm and collarbone. Read more...

LGBT rights in Cuba

By Margaux Maxwell and Patrick Torphy

It’s a breezy summer night at the Malecón, a five-mile seawall in Havana that borders the coast. Cubans regularly gather here past 11 p.m. to smoke cigarettes, drink boxed rum, and talk politics.

On one side, ocean waves smash against the wall. On the other, 1950s Chevys race down a wide thoroughfare from the mouth of the Havana Harbor to the center of the city. Read more...

Smuggled music

By Chloe Teboe and Sara Rygiel

American Music’s Effect on Young Cubans is a mini-documentary that focuses on the influence that American culture, specifically in the music industry, has had on the generation of younger Cubans today. Throughout this short film, we research how media from the United States enters Cuba, despite a trade embargo established in 1960. We discover the types of music that young Cubans actually listen to, despite an assumption that they have not been influenced by American rock or hip-hop music. Read more...

Working women

By Asmaa Belhaouari and Kayla Smith

This photo-audio story follows the lives and decisions of four women in Cuba whose career paths changed– aspirations halted due to maternity, discouragement, and Cuban lifestyle. Read more...

Art and freedom

By Annie Armstrong and Philippe Gonzalez

At first blush, a museum-goer in one of Havana’s many art museums might not think that the art world of Cuba is struggling to find its voice. From the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana, to the numerous open studios that dot the streets of Old Havana, Cuba seems like an artistic mecca — and it is, but the art shown in galleries isn’t reflective of the mood of contemporary artists. Read more...

Filmmaking in Cuba

By Juan Colon and Robert Darnell

Cuba is a resourceful country with strong beliefs and great pride in its history. The people have survived a political revolution, the American embargo, poverty and starvation. Cuba is filled with beautiful people who continue to persevere through struggles unique to the island. Read more...