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Event: 'Bravo Film Festival:Saturday 6:30pm And Sunday 2pm & 7pm Each Session -a Double Feature'

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 At 18:30 PM
Duration: 2 Days
Contact Info:
Sharon 905.951.8499 local call from Toronto

Meet Cuban Film makers Estela & Ernesto Bravo at Palmerston Public Library Auditorium
560 Palmerston Av. (west of Bathurst Subway/just north of Bloor)

Mark the dates May 26th and 27th in your calendars now for this event. [Film descriptions below for the 2 days.]

CCFA will be honouring the world-renowned work of Cuban-based film-makers Estela and Ernesto Bravo. A retrospective of their films will be shown at the theatre of the Palmerston Library in Toronto.

And, best of all, the Bravos will be present to speak about their films, their lives and their decision, years ago, to make Cuba their home.

The movies to be shown reflect a broad spectrum of internationalist and humanist concerns. These range from issues specific to Cuba and its valiant struggle against U.S aggression, to the fight for self-determination by African, Latin-American and Caribbean peoples.

Each selection has won at least one, in some cases several, awards across Latin America, Europe, the United States, Canada and Africa. Don’t miss this event in celebration of commitment and solidarity!

Saturday 6:30pm Double Feature $10

Fidel: The Untold Story (2001)

Estela Bravo reveals another side of Fidel through the words of Alice Walker, Sydney Pollack, Muhammad Ali, Harry Belafonte, and others. Juxtaposing the personal and anecdotal with the history of the Cuban revolution, it shows Fidel’s fight against the US blockade, the building of a more just society and Cuba’s solidarity with other people in the world

Holy Father and Gloria (1987) An emotionally powerful account of Pope John Paul’s controversial visit to Chile in 1987. It includes his encounter with Carmen Gloria, the young woman who survived being doused with gasoline and set on fire by the military in 1986. Gloria became a symbol of the brutality of the Pinochet dictatorship.

Sunday May 27, 2:00 p.m. Double feature  $10

Who Am I? The Found Children of Argentina (2014)
This film deals with victims of Argentina's "Dirty War" (1976-1983). The " Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo". agitated weekly and publicly in Buenos Aires to discover the fate of their loved ones and to recover their kidnapped children. Includes interviews with the found children and others, as well as footage of the trials of those responsible for carrying out state-sponsored violence

Operation Peter Pan (2008)
From 1960 to 1962, 14,000 Cuban children were sent alone, by their parents, to the USA in a CIA scheme and supported by the Catholic Church, known as "Operation Peter Pan". Many parents had expected to follow their children, who had been granted visa waivers by the US government, but the Missile Crisis intervened, and the US government stopped the project and the children were stranded in the USA as their parents were not able to get US visas.   In 2009, a group of the children, now adults, visited Cuba to give "closure and make peace with the land where they were born”.

Sunday, May 27, 7:00 p.m. Double feature  $10

Cuba/South Africa -After the Battle (1991)
For 13 years, Cubans and Angolans fought the apartheid South African army in a war that changed the destiny of southern Africa.

Gema de Cuba (2016) - Canadian Premiere (2016)
This film recounts the saga of “the Cuban Five” through the story of one of them: Gerardo Hernández. The film shows his return to Cuba and to his wife Adriana after more than 15 years in a U.S. prison. Gerardo is released just in time for the birth of their first child, Gema, conceived through artificial insemination

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