Culture, Screen

‘Cuba Mia’ and More in the Bolivar Hall

An orchestra formed entirely of women spend their days rehearsing, touring and sharing efforts to enable them to offer a concert in the Basilica of Old Havana.

This is the portrayal offered by the film documentary “Cuba Mia”, which looks at the efforts by a group of women and their families in achieving their longed for goal.

The feature film, directed by Cecilia Domeyko about American and Cuban classical music, will be screened on the forthcoming 30 March in the Bolivar Hall, London (54 Grafton Way, W1T 5DL) alongside other Latin American fiction and documentary film productions. Among these is the “American Sandista” documentary which tells of the fight by several Americans who travelled to Nicaragua, against warnings by the then White House government, to offer their skills and knowledge in favour of the sandista cause. 

This occurred during the armed conflict which took place in Nicaragua during the 1980s at the height of the Cold War. After passing, a debate in which Guisell Morales of the Nicaraguan embassy participated was held in the United Kingdom.

Another film which can be seen is the documentary entitled “Opus Dei”, a Chilean film production which introduces prelature of the Catholic Church into the heart of Opus Dei and was founded by the Spanish priest José Maria Escrivá de Balaguer in 1928.

Opus Dei was canonized by the Vatican and maintains an extraordinary effect which grew under the auspices of the Franco dictatorship in Spain.  Ideologists refer to Opus Dei as a “spiritual journey” which also has very important significance in fascist Chile of the already deceased General Augusto Pinochet, an influence which still holds today in Spain, Chile and other world countries.

Based on the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, the Chilean produced documentaries “La ciudad de los fotógrafos” (The City of the Photographers) and “El juez y el general” (The Judge and the General) will be screened. The first of the films captures the atrocities committed during the repression of the Chilean armed forces, thanks to the journalistic work by a small group of freelance photographers at the beginning of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorial regime, on the streets of Santiago, Chile.

“El juez y el general”, is a documentary portrayal whose plot unravels like a judicial fictional drama.  Guzman is chosen to investigate the criminal accusations against the former dictator General Augusto Pinochet in relation to crimes committed during the 1973 coup d’état and throughout the period of his dictatorial regime.

Linked to a hostile conservative family whose government was overthrown by Salvador Allende, colleagues in Guzman’s profession lost confidence in his competence to carry out his work, but suffer several transformations and similar to judicial films the twists continue occurring and are resolved by the judge’s decision and the fate of Pinochet.

(Translated by Louise Jefferson – E-mail: louise@jeffersontranslations.com)

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