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FRENEMIES
(86 min) Cuba/US
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FRIDAY 10/29, 4:00 PM (SESSION 18)

Director/Producer: Mirella Martinelli

Description:

For almost 60 years it has been painfully difficult for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba. With the loosening of some travel restrictions at the end of the Obama administration, many U.S. citizens visited the island for the first time. In Frenemies we hear from talented but frustrated native Cuban artists living on the island. Contemporary and historical events on the island and in the United States relate to personal opinions of our speaking subjects. The film uses their personal experiences to carry the spectator through a lively discussion that rebuilds the Cuban Revolution, achievements of the Revolutionary government, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and the Missile Crisis. Through their diverse and engaging analysis, audiences can understand anti-communist expressions as they still appear in renewed form in the United States nowadays. Decades of economic isolation have worn out the island and the morale of Cubans who still resist to keep their sovereignty. Can any economy survive such an all-encompassing blockade? The UN has voted almost thirty times for the embargo to be lifted. The embargo is a human rights issue that affects 11.4 million Cubans living in Cuba, 1.5 million Cuban Americans in Florida and 340,000 in other U.S. states whose families remain in Cuba.

Biography:

Mirella Martinelli is an Award-Winning Filmmaker, born and raised in Brazil. Living in Sarasota, FL Mirella edited Pool, which received 33 awards in international film festivals. Mirella was awarded by American Cinema Editors, and her film Land of the Sea was funded by the Rockefeller and MacArthur Foundations. She worked in the Brazilian film industry for three decades as an editor, screenwriter, director and producer.

Contact Information:

w: http://MovingImages.pictures
e: micaglasberg@gmail.com



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