Category: Travel By Movie

Visualizing Cuba, Three Ways

Visualizing Cuba, Three Ways

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.

(White House Photo)
(White House Photo)

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?

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“Cuba Libre:” Visualizing Travel to Cuba

“Cuba Libre:” Visualizing Travel to Cuba

In the first half of the 20th century, Cuba was a tropical playground for Americans.

But the island nation was off-limits to American tourists for three decades from after the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro until the early 1990’s when Americans began to travel to Cuba on “People-to-People” cultural exchange tours.

(Emmanuel Hubrechts Flickr Photo)
(Emmanuel Hubrechts Flickr Photo)

Cuba Libre, an upcoming documentary film about travel by Americans to Cuba produced by Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, includes historic film footage of Cuba in the early to mid-20th century, the revolution led by Fidel Castro and the break in diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States, film and photos from more recent times, and interviews of five travel writers who have visited Cuba during the last twenty years.

The film’s trailer aired on MarinTV this past week and has been made available for broadcast by other public access television stations across the U.S.

The full documentary should be completed within the next two months.

(Dick Jordan has produced fifteen other shows for public access television since 2013. His “Travel With A Sense of Place” series has aired on over twenty stations serving over a million households across the nation.)