Saturday, May 6,
7:30 pm Studio46
(56 minutes, 2016)
Cuba, Libre? is a new documentary that traces the history of American travel to Cuba from the early decades of the 20th century until the present day. Producer Dick Jordan and Sausalito-based travel writer Lee Daley, who appears in the film, will be on hand to answer questions after the screening.
“Cuba, Libre?” is a 56-minute documentary film which was produced by travel writer, Dick Jordan. It premiered on public access television station, MarinTV on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, and was an official selection at the 2016 Visual Radio Network Festival in Oakland, California.
The documentary begins with “Voices of the Past,” a look back in time to the early decades of the 20th century when Cuba was a glamorous destination for American tourists. It then recounts the Castro-led revolution of the late 1950s that deposed the government of Fulgencio Batista, the subsequent severing of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
In the second half of the film, “Voices of The Present,” five travel writers tell their journeys of discovery to Cuba beginning in the 1990s, when Americans resumed visits following the demise of Cuba’s communist benefactor, the Soviet Union, and continuing through mid-2015, just months after President Obama eased restrictions on travel by Americans to that Caribbean island nation on December 17, 2014.
The first of those writers, Christopher P. Baker, has visited Cuba over one hundred times. He is the author of the “Moon Cuba” guidebook, as well as “Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba,” and “Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Cars. “
Baker leads tours of the island for two U.S.-based companies, including National Geographic Expeditions. He is frequently interviewed about Cuba on television and radio.”
Travel writer and photographer, Lee Daley, economist and travel writer, Ashok Khanna, travel editor and writer, Monica Conrady, and science and travel writer, M.J. Pramik, round out the cast of those interviewed by Mr. Jordan for the documentary.
All four are members of Bay Area Travel Writers (batw.org), a professional association of journalists that Baker helped found in 1984.
Dick Jordan publishes the online travel magazine, Tales Told From The Road (www.talestoldfromtheroad.com).
“CUBA, LIBRE?” BIOS
CHRISTOPHER P. BAKER from Palm Springs has visited Cuba over one hundred times since 1992. He is the author of the recently updated Moon Cuba guidebook, as well as Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba, and Cuba Classics: A Celebration of Vintage American Cars. His Website is ChristopherBaker.com.
He has been a professional travel writer and photographer for over thirty years and leads tours of the island for two U.S.-based companies, including National Geographic Expeditions. He is frequently interviewed about Cuba on television and radio and is a founding member of Bay Area Travel Writers.
MONICA CONRADY Monica Conrady is a freelance travel and feature writer based in San Francisco.
Originally from London, she has traveled extensively and has rarely been to a country she didn’t like. She has fond memories of Antarctica and other remote destinations but London still pulls her back. She visited Cuba in 1994.
She is a founding member of Bay Area Travel Writers (batw.org), a professional association of travel writers and photographers.
LEE DALEY of Sausalito is an award-winning travel writer and travel photographer, author, columnist, and mobile app author. She traveled to Cuba in 2015 with the Society of American Travel Writers.
DICK JORDAN has been a freelance travel writer and blogger since 2009. He publishes the online travel magazine, Tales Told From The Road (www.talestoldfromtheroad.com)
Since 2013, he has produced many short films for public access television stations across the United States. “Cuba, Libre?” is his first feature-length documentary film.
ASHOK KHANNA of Novato spent over twenty-five years as an economist with the World Bank, both on staff and as a consultant, and was as an assistant professor of international business at the Stern Graduate School of Business at New York University.
He started traveling the world when he was seventeen and has not stopped since. He has been writing travel stories since 1998 and visited Cuba in 2012. He is a member of Bay Area Travel Writers. You can learn more about him at his Website, Ashokkhanna.net.
M.J. PRAMIK is a science and travel writer from San Francisco who went to Cuba in 2015 on a group tour with The Nation Magazine.
She is an award-winning travel writer whose stories have appeared in books published by Travelers’ Tales and Wanderland Writers. Her story, “Parahawking in Nepal,” appears in the 2015 Bradt Travel Guides anthology, To Oldly Go: Tales of Intrepid Travel by The Over-60s.