Cuban Film Director Juan Carlos Cremata Relocates to Miami / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 5 November 2016 — The Cuban filmmaker and theater director Juan Carlos Cremata decided to stay in Miami and become “one more exile,” according to the newspaper El Nuevo Herald. Cremata had been censured for his production of El Rey Se Muere (in English known as “Exit the King” or “The King is Dying”), a … Continue reading “Cuban Film Director Juan Carlos Cremata Relocates to Miami / 14ymedio”

Cremata Stages His Play on the Internet / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Cremata

Juan Carlos Cremata, the censored playwright, is publishing on the web a brief monologue on authoritarianism and censorship. Translator’s note: “The President” in the monologue is not the president of the country, but rather of the State organization in charge of the theater. The President’s Monologue By Juan Carlos Cremata The scene is a meeting … Continue reading “Cremata Stages His Play on the Internet / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Cremata”

Cuban Faces of 2014: Juan Carlos Cremata, Playwright and Filmmaker / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 25 December 2015 — Last July Juan Carlos Cremata’s play Exit the King (also translated in English as: The King is Dying) was censored. A few weeks later Cremata’s contract as a theater director was cancelled and the cultural institutions accused him of making statements to the independent press. His fiercest critics claim that behind … Continue reading “Cuban Faces of 2014: Juan Carlos Cremata, Playwright and Filmmaker / 14ymedio”

Enrique Colina Comes to the Defense of Cremata Condemns “Censorship and its Demons” / 14ymedio

14ymedio, 30 October 2015 — The critic and filmmaker Enrique Colina came out Thursday in defense of the Cuban director of films and plays Juan Carlos Cremata with a strong message titled On Censorship and Its Demons. In the text, which has been widely circulated by email, he affirms that to remain silent in the face … Continue reading “Enrique Colina Comes to the Defense of Cremata Condemns “Censorship and its Demons” / 14ymedio”

Plea for Cremata / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar

14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Mexico City, 9 September 2015 – If I were Juan Carlos Cremata’s attorney, in a an eventual appeal to be held in the Chamber of Labor, I would argue the following: According to one of the whereases in the National Council for Performing Arts’ Resolution No. 10, the reason for canceling the … Continue reading “Plea for Cremata / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar”

Cultural Authorities Cancel Juan Carlos Cremata’s Contract As A Theater Director / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Orlando Palma, Havana, 9 September 2015 — The contract of the director Juan Carlos Cremata has been cancelled by the Cuban cultural authorities, as explained by the author himself on Wednesday via email. Cremata has made public the details of meeting he was called to last Monday at the Havana Theater Center, in which he … Continue reading “Cultural Authorities Cancel Juan Carlos Cremata’s Contract As A Theater Director / 14ymedio”

Condemned to Eternal Silence, or the Chronicle of an Announced Ordeal / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Cremata

Open Letter from Juan Carlos Cremata, Havana, 9 September 2015   Dear Friends: On the morning of Monday, September 7, I was summoned to a meeting at the Theater Center of Havana to have communicated to me Resolution No. 10 (the corresponding document is attached) of the Ministry of Culture, the National Council for the Performing Arts … Continue reading “Condemned to Eternal Silence, or the Chronicle of an Announced Ordeal / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Cremata”

Cremata Expresses an Artist’s Bellyful Against Cultural Repression / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya

“What right does anyone have to rule over everyone’s thoughts?” The question, deeply subversive towards the Cuban reality, is at the heart of the open letter that artist Juan Carlos Cremata recently sent to an unknown Culture officer by the name of Andy Arencibia Concepción after a commission of the National Council of Theatre Arts … Continue reading “Cremata Expresses an Artist’s Bellyful Against Cultural Repression / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya”

Juan Carlos Cremata: A Real Man / Reinaldo Escobar

Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 11 July 2015 — It is very likely that the youngest among us don’t know the reference to the 1951 novel “The Story of a Real Man” by the Soviet writer Boris Polevoy, which tells the story of Alexey Petrovich Maresyev, a fighter pilot who lost both his legs and through a heroic … Continue reading “Juan Carlos Cremata: A Real Man / Reinaldo Escobar”

Condemn Us, It Does Not Matter: Art Will Absorb Us* / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Cremata

14ymedio, Juan Carlos Cremata, Havana, 10 July 2015 — First of all, I apologize this time for speaking in the first person. I have always thought, like Garcia Marquez, that what I have tried to say is found in my work. And instead, it enriches me, much more, to hear the diverse interpretations that emerge … Continue reading “Condemn Us, It Does Not Matter: Art Will Absorb Us* / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Cremata”

Censorship / Regina Coyula

Jorge Enrique Lage interviews Miguel Coyula (extracts) 6 [Miguel speaking]… I am against censorship, as we’ve seen what happened with that film in the Havana Film Festival in New York; it spreads beyond the geographical limits of the island for extra-artistic interests. I mean, politics touches everything. The worsening of the position goes back to … Continue reading “Censorship / Regina Coyula”

Raul Castro Tells Intellectuals That Cuban Culture is Threatened / EFE, 14ymedio

EFE (via 14ymedio), Havana, 23 August 2016 – Cuban President Raul Castro warned in a message to the island’s intellectuals and artists that the country’s culture is threatened by “subversive projects” and a “global wave of colonization,” although he is confident that they can confront the challenge, according to an article in the official media … Continue reading “Raul Castro Tells Intellectuals That Cuban Culture is Threatened / EFE, 14ymedio”

Filmmakers Reaffirm Their Demands / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, 21 May 2016 – Three years after the first meeting of the G20, a group of Cuban filmmakers who are demanding a Film Law, the group continues to wait for an institutional response that addresses their demands. This week a letter was made public reaffirming their demands for greater recognition for filmmakers and … Continue reading “Filmmakers Reaffirm Their Demands / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

Yunior García’s Uncomfortable Questions / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 3 February 2016 – In a recent interview, the young playwright and actor Yunior García Aguilera affirmed that he was “dissatisfied with everything.” A finalist for the Virgilio Piñera Prize for his work Sangre (Blood), and highly praised by critics for his piece Semen (Semen), this graduate of the National School … Continue reading “Yunior García’s Uncomfortable Questions / 14ymedio, Luz Escobar”

More “Counterrevolutionary” Artists Speak Out For Their Freedom (Part 3) / Angel Santiesteban

Screen capture — A Cuban filmmaker with the black tape of censorship literally covering his mouth. Ángel Santiesteban-Prats, Havana, 21 December 2015 — In order to complete my personal impression about the G-20* assembly in the Fresa y Chocolate Cultural Film Center this past November 28, I must recognize the solidarity and support of the … Continue reading “More “Counterrevolutionary” Artists Speak Out For Their Freedom (Part 3) / Angel Santiesteban”