Cuba

Cuban revolution; freedom of expression; four amazing actors

 

I first read ‘Before Night Falls’ (Antes Que Anochezca, 1992) while studying for my under-grad degree. Then I discovered the movie, and if Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Olivier Martinez (plus a small part by the then unknown Diego Luna) aren’t four reasons-enough to watch the film then there’s also the amazing black and white actual footage of Castro triumphantly entering Havana in 1969.  An autobiography of the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, both paper and celluloid describe vividly his life under the repressive socialist régime, his sexual experimentation, stints in and out of prison, the danger and importance in defending freedom of expression and the life-threatening lengths people will go to in order to find liberty.