The Department of English and Foreign Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences at Barry University cordially invites you to "Cuba: So Close, Yet So Far" – a series of film screenings and panel discussions about the Pedro Pan generation, important moments in Cuban history, and contemporary life on the island.
March 1 | 7:00 pm
Centro Cultural Español
1490 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL
This panel discussion features Eloy Cepero, Eloísa Echazábal, and Marcos Kerbel, three Pedro Pan intellectual figures from three different religious paths (Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish). They will discuss their experiences from different spiritual perspectives. Eloy Cepero, a music historian and writer, left Cuba with his two brothers through the Methodist Church as part of "Operation Pedro Pan," an exodus of unaccompanied children from Cuba to the United States in the early 1960s. Eloísa Echazábal arrived in Miami as a "Pedro Pan" at the age of 13 through the Catholic Church in 1961. She works at Miami Dade College. Marcos Kerbel immigrated to Miami at the age of 12 as part of the Pedro Pan airlift. He is the former chairman of the board and past president of the Cuban Hebrew Congregation of Miami Inc. (1992, 2008-2009, 2015). The panel discussion will be led by Dr. Heidi Heft LaPorte, associate professor of social work at Barry University.
March 13 | 6:30 pm
Barry University Library, Room 103
11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL
"Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children's Exodus" (2017) chronicles the clandestine exodus of more than 14,000 Cuban children and the role played by Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh, former director of the Catholic Welfare Bureau in Miami, and Catholic Charities in 200 cities across the United States. The screening will be followed by Q&A session led by Carmen Valdivia, president of the Operation Pedro Pan Group's historic committee.
April 12 | 7:00 pm
Green Library at FIU, Room 220
11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL
Author and history professor Víctor Andrés Triay will discuss the origins and development of Operation Pedro Pan/Cuban Children's Program. Triay is the author of "Fleeing Castro: Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children's Program" and professor of history at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut. This event is sponsored in part by the Cuban Research Institute and presented by its director, Jorge Duany.
April 15 – 19
11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL
Operation Pedro Pan participants are invited to collect, preserve, and share their rich experiences. Oral histories will be videotaped by Barry University's Audiovisual Department at the Archives and Special Collections office and transcribed later. Interviews will be available to the public and will complement the Operation Pedro Pan/Cuban Children's Program records already available to the community. For more information, contact Ximena Valdivia, associate director of Archives and Special Collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.899.3027.
In addition, Archives and Special Collections will be displaying documents, books, and photographs pertaining to Operation Pedro Pan/Cuban Children's Program records.
Sponsored in part by PRAGDA Spanish Film Club
All screenings take place at the
Barry University Library, Room 103, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL.
March 20 | 6:30 pm
Directed by Patricia Ramos / Cuba / 75 min / 2017 / Spanish with English Subtitles
This film follows three young habaneros who decide to become entrepreneurs in contemporary Cuba to change their vacuous routine. But they get a reality check when they endure the difficulties of getting ahead and creating opportunities under a panorama of poverty. The screening will be presented by Dr. Beatriz Calvo-Peña, assistant professor of Spanish at Barry University, and followed by a Q&A session with film director Patricia Ramos.
March 27 | 6:30 pm
Directed by Pavel Giroud / Cuba / 104 min / 2016 / Spanish with English Subtitles
At the end of the 1980s and during the 1990s, the Cuban government confined HIV patients to sanatoriums under military rule, allowing patients a weekly pass to visit their families under the supervision of personal wardens called "companions." This movie dives into some of the most obscured moments of Cuban history: the AIDS epidemic, military involvement in Africa, and the pressure the government exerted over Cuban athletes. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Laura Finley, associate professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University.
April 3 | 6:30 pm
Directed by Sergio Cabrera / Colombia, Cuba / 107 min / 2015 / Spanish with English Subtitles
An adaptation of a novel by Wendy Guerra, this film set in the 1970s introduces us to the politics of the Cuban Revolution: how ideological repression worked on every aspect of daily life up to the point of suffocation and how it caused Cubans to leave in search of a more luminous present. This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Richard Denis, PhD student at Florida International University.
April 10 | 6:30 pm.
Directed by Niccolò Bruna / Cuba, Spain, Italy / 87 min / 2015 / Spanish with English Subtitles
This movie takes us directly to the United States Interests Section in Havana, where after 54 years of an embargo, Cubans can finally get a visa to travel legally to the U.S. Using this theme as a background, the movie brings a story of faith through one of the most outstanding aspects of Cuban culture: Santeria and religious syncretism. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Corinna Moebius, PhD student at Florida International University and author of "A History of Little Havana."
April 17 | 6:30 pm
Directed by Eileen Hofer / Cuba, Switzerland / 70 min / 2015 / Spanish with English Subtitles
Following the career of two classical dancers, this movie revisits the extraordinary destiny of Alicia Alonso, the founder of the National Ballet of Cuba. Alonso, who recently turned 97 years old, is one of the most renowned public figures in Cuba. The movie weaves her life with that of two young dancers at different stages in their careers to tell a beautiful story about women and dance. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. Javier González, associate professor of early childhood education at Barry University.
For More Information: If you have any questions, please email Dr. Beatriz Calvo-Peña at email@example.com.
"Cuba: So Close, Yet So Far" is a community project of Barry University in collaboration with:
And made possible with the support of:
The Spanish Film Club Series was made possible with the support of PRAGDA, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture.
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council (FHC) with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.