On December 17, 2014, President Obama of the United States and President Raul Castro of Cuba simultaneously announced easing of restrictions on travel between the two countries.
That set out a landslide of articles in the general and travel news media touting Cuba as “the” place for Americans to head on vacation.
And President Obama himself visited Cuba earlier this year.
Cuba, a glamorous tropical magnet for tourists from the U.S. in the days before the Castro-led revolution of the late 1950s installed a Communist government friendly to the Soviet Union, but hostile to America, is beginning to reprise that role.
What did Cuba look like “back in the day,” what does it look like now, and how might it look in the future to Americans, Cubans, and Cuban-Americans?
Three films address those questions.
Cuba, Libre? is a feature-length documentary traces the history of travel to Cuba by Americans from the early decades of the 20th century to the present day through archival film footage and interviews of five travel writers who have visited the island nation since 1992. It has aired on public access television, screened at a film festival in April, and is under consideration at ten other film festivals to be held in the U.S. later this year.