Saturday, 26 May 2012

sutter, marti, lineamientos, time passing, sf city hall

Sitting in the Sutter Pub on Taylor, after a day at the LASA Congress. A pint of Sierra Nevada IPA is going down well and a house special burger is on the way. The four TV screens, each showing a different channel make the solo widescreen in Bampton pubs look a bit tame but apart from that, this is a pretty authentic US take on the pub theme. Very warm and welcoming.

Saw a great film late this afternoon: Marti, el ojo del canario, directed by Fernando Perez. As the LASA programme says:

'The formative years of Cuban national hero Jose Marti are explored in a historical epic set during the 1890s in colonial Havana. The film follows "El Apostol" from the age of nine to seventeen, as he experiences firsthand the often brutal inequalities of Spanish colonial rule, feels the fire of injustice rise within him, and navigates personal conflict with his Spanish father.'

The film was compelling from a historical point of view but also from the point of view of its portrayal of conflicts within a family. You could really understand Marti's determination to affirm his Cuban identity but equally you sympathised with the plight of his father and mother as their family got dragged into the terrifying consequences of their son's political activism.

Meanwhile, a great panel earlier examined the fascinating economic changes going on in contemporary Cuba: What does the future hold for Cuba?: the Lineamientos, guidelines for economic change in Cuba, (approved, April 18, 2011) and Cuba's VI congress. Lots of info and food for thought during this panel discussion, some of it contradictory. Check out an intriguing blog, written by one of the speakers: thecubabug.blogspot.com.

Can't quite believe how fast my time in SF is passing.

Pic btw if City Hall, just up the road from where I am staying.
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