CUBA DREAMS DOCUSERIES

Diving into the streets of Havana, we meet change makers in Cuba today. Following their journeys to thrive and survive in a rapidly shifting society, they provide unique perspectives on how their country is shaped by an ongoing culture of revolution, one more nuanced than meets the eye. Speaking to thought leaders in the US and Cuba, history is made present as our characters trace their place in Cuban history to a trail of revolution and reform. Scientists, researchers, and health professionals celebrate Cuba’s agricultural, medical, and technological advancements. As social and economic freedoms expand, the search begins for reconciliation, solutions to inequality, and a collective Cuban dream.

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EPISODE 1: RE-EVOLUTION

Student Cray Novick goes to Cuba and meets artists, ethnographers and everyday Cubans who reflect on Cuban reality today. Their stories reveal the evolution of Cuban society dating back to 1960. Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. president to visit Cuba since the 1959 revolution. Cuba is changing and Cubans are searching for a collective Cuban dream.

 

 

EPISODE 2: THE EMBARGO

Cuban politics are complicated, but Cuba won’t rest. A soccer league for social change energizes Havana. Carlos Guttierez considers Cuba’s changing economic landscape. Clandestina becomes the first Cuban brand to sell online. Bernadette Meehan, and Ben Rhodes, discuss the impact of Obama’s visit on Cubans. Doris Kearns Goodwin reflects on Cuba, the embargo, and revolutions.

EPISODE 3: SALUD

Cuba’s healthcare innovations manage to work so well, with such few resources. Follow a Cuban Doctor and nurse on home visits to see how Cubans access healthcare. In the lab, biomedical technology has cured diabetic foot ulcers. As global tensions rise, Cuban doctors are being sent home from their remote postings around the world. International students compare their experience attending Cuban medical school, with their home countries healthcare.

EPISODE 4: SUEÑOS

A cuban taxi app launches as internet access in Cuba grows. Musical sensation Cima Funk tours internationally, defining his global identity. Cubans in Miami reconcile with a traumatic past. Rick Steves tries VR for the first time. Alan Gross reflects on his imprisonment in Cuba. Cray is no longer a student, but he’s a dreamer, and the Cuban dream is still being realized. Will you dream with us?

STORY CONTRIBUTORS

CLANDESTINA

IDANIA DEL RIO & LEIRES FERNANDEZ

CimaFunk

Mucisian

Finca Marta

FERNANDO FUNES

Rick Steves

TRAVEL GURU

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential Historian

We are designers and artists. We are entrepreneurs and creators. We are women, and men, and anything in between. We are LGBTQ, we are of every race, and background, and beliefs. Plus, we’re funny. Hilarious, in fact. Super, super funny. 

Cimafunk is by far the most exciting new faces in the Latin music space. Singer, composer and producer, the young Cuban sensation offers a bold mix of funk with Cuban music and African rhythms, which is currently revolutionizing the island’s music scene.

Finca Marta is a premier organic farm just
outside Havana in the Artemisia Province. Fernando Funes named the cooperative after his mother Marta, and it has become a model for sustainable farming and community. 

Rick Steves is an American travel writer, author, activist and television personality. His travel philosophy encourages people to explore less-touristed areas of destinations and to become immersed in the local people’s way of life. 

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a presidential historian, international keynote speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author and a partner in Pastimes Productions.