Cuba Movie and Reading List
by Nadine Dirksen - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Literature on Cuba
- Tastes Like Home, by Eduardo Machado and Michael Domitrovich. “In his eccentric and often affecting memoir “Tastes Like Cuba,” Machado, a noted Cuban-American playwright, tells the story of his rootless, self-invented life, using food as his connecting thread.” (Read the full NY Times review)
- Dreaming in Cuban, by Cristina García. A story about three generations of women and how the decision to stay or flee the country affected their lives.
- Waiting for Snow in Havana, by Carlos Eire. The exiled author’s memoir about growing up in Cuba.
- A Cuban Affair, by Nelson DeMille. The novel features an U.S. Army combat veteran Daniel “Mac” MacCormick, now a charter boat captain, who is about to set sail on his most dangerous cruise. The book’s depiction of Cuba’s infrastructure and culture is extremely accurate.
- The other Side of Paradise, by Julia Cooke. Change looms in Havana, Cuba’s capital, a city electric with uncertainty yet cloaked in cliché, 90 miles from U.S. shores and off-limits to most Americans. Journalist Julia Cooke, who lived there at intervals over a period of five years, discovered a dynamic scene: baby-faced anarchists with Mohawks gelled with laundry soap, whiskey-drinking children of the elite, Santería trainees, pregnant prostitutes, university graduates planning to leave for the first country that will give them a visa.
Movies about or Set in Cuba
- Buena Vista Social Club. A documentary film about an ensemble of legendary Cuban musicians, painting a picture of music, friendship, live, and culture in Cuba. Also don’t miss listening to the studio album of the same name.
- The Cuba Libre Story. A fascinating and informative documentary on Cuba’s history from the domination of Spain up to Fidel’s death, a multi-country co-production of France, Germany and Russia.
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