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 since then has aired on 48 other such stations across the U.S, and has had several public and private screenings.
To date, it has participated in sixteen film festivals and film award competitions, winning nine awards, including “Best Documentary Feature.”
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 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.
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).
He has produced thirty shows for public access televisions stations since 2013.