Curious About Cuba The Great Museums of Havana


Curious About Cuba documentary shows a side of the island nation that we seldom hear about: Cuba’s art, history, and culture. Despite Cuba’s overwhelming economic and political challenges, museums in Havana abound; from rum and revolution, to cars and cigars. In fact, Old Havana itself is a museum-quality collection of historic buildings, reflecting 400 years of Spanish rule and a hundred years of revolution. Narrated by Mariel Hemingway the documentary includes the sections below.
Cigar Roller – A Roller at Casa de Tabaco explains the rum, the tobacco, even the people are a result of blending.
Santeria – Shows Santeria Dancers at Casa de Africa and explains the practice of Santería merges the African Yoruba religion with Roman Catholic and Native Indian traditions.
Old Havana – Shows a parade in Old Havana City. Old Havana is the original core of the city that was contained within the city walls. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980s. Since then, enormous efforts to preserve and to restore Old Havana’s crumbling structures have been made by the Office of the Historian of the City, directed by Eusebio Leal.
Catedral – Catedral de San Cristóbal, described as “music set in stone” by one Cuban writer, is the most prominent building on the Plaza de la Catedral.
Ernest Hemingway – Ernest Hemingway’s home from 1939 to 1960 was Finca Vigia, Lookout Farm in English. Now the Hemingway House Museum, it was built in 1886 on a hillside near Havana. Here he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Old Man and the Sea and the posthumously published A Moveable Feast and Islands in the Stream.
The People – Covers the ethnicity of the over 10 million people that live in the island nation of Cuba, 70% of them live in the cities. They are a mixture of Spanish, African, Chinese and other nationalities.
Castillo del Morro – Showcases the Castillo del Morro, built in 1589, that guards the entrance to Havana bay.