CCTV to release an illuminating documentary on Cuba's future this August

Posted: 31-Jul-15 16:49

American journalist, Gerry Hadden sheds light on Cuba's current situation and its potential for the future in a new documentary. The hour-long film is to be released on 9th August 2015, just days before John Kerry's first official visit to the island.

CCTV to release an illuminating documentary on Cuba's future this August

The recent re-establishment of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba has attracted a large amount of attention worldwide. Nevertheless, not many know a lot about the Caribbean nation’s actual situation, after having to overcome the numerous difficulties imposed by the more than 50-year-long embargo.

Gerry Hadden, American author and journalist, gave himself the task of interviewing locals in order to find out, not only how they envision their future, but also the means they’ve created to carry out their projects. “Reinventing Cuba” is the suited title of this one-hour documentary, which will first air in America on Sunday 9th August.

The film, directed by Humberto Duran and filmed by Armando Guerra and Josep Alfero, portrays how the Cuban people have been able to create something from almost nothing, making do with the scarce resources they have access to.

Hadden interviews different members of Cuban society: little league baseball players with a huge drive to succeed, artists and designers who manage to let their imagination flow in spite of the economic difficulties, as well as doctors and medical researchers who are able to progress in their field and save lives every day. The documentary also reflects the situation of hustlers who find their way through small internet connections and black marketeers who deliver the weekly ‘package’ by downloading foreign TV shows, series and films illegally.

Far from sticking to the traditional clichés like salsa, cigars and antique American cars, Hadden will expose a refreshing and truthful report. As part of the often-ignored Cuban middle-class, the testimonies given by all the locals who were interviewed offer an authentic image of the nations’ current potential and its prospect for the future. Hard-working, enthusiastic and resourceful people work today for a better tomorrow and in very challenging conditions.

As the US and Cuban governments head towards normalisation, with the visit of John Kerry, first US Secretary of State to land in Havana in 60 years, this documentary will illustrate the vibrant and hopeful spirit of the Cuban people. Viewers can watch this unique film on Dish Network Channel 279 and on the ‘CCTV News’ channels in New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.


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