Come to this year-end celebration sponsored by Left Coast Writers and see Cuba as it was in the past and as it is today!
Cuba, Libre? is a new documentary produced by travel writer, Dick Jordan, that begins with a look at the early decades of the 20th century when Cuba was a glamorous destination for American tourists. It then recounts the Castro-led revolution of the late 1950s, the subsequent severing of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
In the second half of the film, five travel writers tell their journeys of discovery to Cuba, beginning in the 1990s and continuing through mid-2015, just months after President Obama eased restrictions on travel to that island nation on December 17, 2014.
The documentary aired on public access station, MarinTV, in January of 2016, and has had three public screenings in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The film was an Official Selection of the 2016 Visual Radio Network Festival in Oakland, California and received an Honorable Mention from the 2016 SaMo Indie Fest in Santa Monica, California.
Dick Jordan and Cuba, Libre? were featured on three podcasts during 2016: The award-winning NPR podcast, "Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer," "The Locales" hosted by Weston Moody, and FCC Free Radio's "Lilycat on Stuff," hosted by Melinda Adams of San Francisco, which devotes one show a monthy to the work of Left Coast Writers members such as Dick Jordan.
Dick Jordan and San Francisco Bay Area travel writers who appear in the film will be on hand to answer question about the film, their experiences visiting Cuba, and how you can plan your own trip to that Caribbean island.
More on Dick Jordan and his travels can be found at Tales Told from the Road.
Learn more about the Cuba, Libre? documentary on the film's Official Website.
This free screening is open to the general public and will take place in the Event Room of the flagship location of the legendary San Francisco Bay Area bookstore, Book Passage, in Corte Madera, just north of San Francisco.
We expect a full house, so come early to snag a good seat!
How long is the program?
Please plan to arrive at the bookstore well in advance of the 7:00 p.m. start time so everyone can be seated and the screening of the 55-minute plus film can begin promptly after the program and film introductions.
A Question & Answer period will follow the screening and the event will wrap up at approximately 9:00 p.m.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
While the film is suitable for viewing by persons of all ages, it will be appreciated most by adults who have traveled to Cuba or have an interest in making a future trip to the island. For a sneak preview, watch the film's trailer.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Book Passage Bookstore & Cafe is located in a small shopping complex just off of Highway 100 at 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard in Corte Madera. Parking is free.
Check the 511 SF Bay Website (http://511.org/) to determine if public transportation is good option for you.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Bring your enthusiasm for documentary films and travel, but please turn off your mobile devices and do not take photos or record video during the screening.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Direct questions about the film and the event via e-mail to: email@example.com.