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The Havana Dialogues

Sunday, November 1, 2015 | 1:30pm
Julio Garmendía Peña, Cuban Ambassador to Canada
Cuban Ambassador to Canada, Julio Garmendia Pena will officially open The Havana Dialogues and discuss Canada Cuban relations on this 70th anniversary of our diplomatic relations.
Admission to this dialogue is free with a suggested $10.00 donation. 
Please email Ambassador@THEMUSEUM.ca to reserve your spot for this event. Reservations are preferred, but not mandatory.
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | 6:30pm
The Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
Aging Cuban musicians, whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' career. 
Directed by Wim Wenders. Runtime: 105 minutes.
This film screening is included with general admission. 
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | 6:30pm
Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)
This Oscar-nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites - one gay, the other straight; one a fierce community, the other a fierce individualist; one suspicious, the other accepting - and how they come to love each other. 
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea & Juan Carlos Tabío. Runtime: 108 minutes. 
This film screening is included with general admission. 
 
Sunday, November 22, 2015 | 1:30pm
Three Nights in Havana | Robert Wright, PhD, Trent University History
Author of the national bestseller Three Nights in Havana​, historian Robert Wright, will discuss Canada's relations with Cuba through the prism of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's unlikely friendship with Cuban leader Fidel Castro. 
 
Embracing Cuba | Byron Motley, author
Intrigued by tales of his parents' long-ago journey to the pre-revolutionary "Pearl of the Antilles," award-winning photographer Byron Motley traveled to Cuba more than a decade ago and instantly fell in love. Year after year he has returned with his camera to explore its vistas, its people, and its spirit. 
Admission to these dialogues is free with a suggested $10.00 donation. 
 
Monday, November 23, 2015 | 6:45pm
Raising LGBTQ Awareness Through Art | Dr. Mariela Castro Espin, Director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education
Dr. Mariela Castro Espin is the Director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education and daughter of current Cuban President Raul Castro. She has been instrumental in using art to educate the public about LGBTQ issues. 
*This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased online here.* 
 
Sunday, November 29, 2015 | 1:30pm
Sugar, Politics, Society and the Path to Revolution: Cuba 1900-1959 | Luz Maria Hernandez Saenz, PhD, Western University History
This dialogue will briefly analyze the political, economic and social factors that paved the way for the Cuban Revolution. 
Admission to this dialogue is free with a suggested $10.00 donation. 
 
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 6:30pm
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
This film shows the dramatization of a motorcycle road trip that Che Guevara went on during his youth that showed him his life's calling. 
Directed by Walter Salles. Runtime: 126 minutes. 
This film screening is included with general admission. 
 
Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 1:30pm
Sister Silvia de la Fe Gonzalez, OFA
Sister Silvia de la Fe Gonzalez is a Cuban refugee, put on a plane to Miami on Christmas Eve, 1958, five days before the triumph of the Revolution. After decades of international development work helping the poorest of the poor in North, South and Central America, Africa, and Asia, Silvia landed back in Toronto where in 2012 she took vows to become a religious sister with the Franciscans of the Annunciation (OFA). The OFA is a progressive religious community within the Eucharistic Catholic Church, an independent, self-governing Catholic church that supports the ordination of women and the marriage of priests, as well as gay and lesbian couples. At age 68, Sister Silvia has finally returned to Cuba. Her dialogue will be about why she feels she can now return home. 
Admission to this dialogue is free with a suggested $10.00 donation.
 
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 | 6:30pm
Un Filme De Fernando Pérez (2003)
Dawn breaks in La Habana (Havana) and as the day advances we follow the simple lives of ten ordinary Cubans, with only sounds and images accompanied by music directed by Fernando Pérez.
This film screening is included with general admission.
 
Sunday, January 10, 2016 | 1:30pm
Adios Ernesto: The Last Words of Ernest Hemingway
Brian Gordon Sinclair, playwright, performer | Considered the foremost dramatic interpreter of Ernest Hemingway in the world today (Stratford-Upon-Avon, Herald, UK)
This session offers an exciting, dramatic recreation of the final years of Nobel Prize winning author, Ernest Hemingway, including his meeting with Fidel Castro. The drama will be followed by the debut of a heartwarming new book about Hemingway and his relationship with the children of Cuba, titled The Homerun Kid.
Admission to this performance is free with a suggested $10.00 donation. 
 
Sunday, January 24, 2016 | 1:30pm
Cuban Culture and Society: What's "New" in the New Cuba? | Susan Lord, PhD, Queen's University Film and Media Studies/Cultural Studies & Karen Dubinsky, PhD, Queen's University Global Development Studies/History
As Cuban/U.S. relations thaw, and as Cuba "renovates" its economic models, what openings are these changes providing for cultural production? Susan Lord studies contemporary Cuban cinema and Karen Dubinsky studies contemporary Cuban music. Together, they have taught a Cuban Culture and Society class which has brought Queen's University students to Havana to study the city's rich cultural scene. They will reflect on the changes they have seen in Cuban cultural production, and why Havana remains such a strong, cultural hub. 
Admission to this dialogue is free with a suggested $10.00 donation.
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | 6:30pm
The Road to Guantánamo (2006)
Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantánamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge. 
Directed by Mat Whitecross & Michael Winterbottom. Runtime: 95 minutes. 
This film screening is included with general admission. 
 
Sunday, January 31, 2016 | 1:30pm
Outlook on Cuban Tourism | Eloy Govea Rodríguez, Consul, Consulate General of Cuba in Toronto, Tourism Section
This presentation will address the evolution of the Tourism Industry in Cuba since 1959, and will put a special focus on what it has been since 1990 given the accelerated development it has seen, and the challenges it has had to deal with. It will also touch upon the values and potential of Cuba as a tourism destination.
Admission to this dialogue is free with a suggested $10.00 donation.
 
Sunday, February 7, 2016 | 1:30pm
The Eve of Destruction: Fidel Castro's Armageddon Letter, October 27, 1962 | James G. Blight and janet M. Lang, Balsillie School of International Affairs & University of Waterloo, History
A breathtaking account of how the world came within a hair's breadth of nuclear war over Russian missiles in Cuba.
Admission to this dialogue is free with a suggested $10.00 donation.
 
Satuday, February 13, 2016 | 8:00pm
Noche en la Habana (A Night in Havana)
THEMUSEUM is transforming itself into a Cuban paradise so we can all celebrate A Night in Havana! Come dressed in your best, and get ready to dance the night away with Cassava Latin Band -- an authentic salsa band -- and a DJ playing Cuban music all night. Professional salsa dancers will also be putting on a show!
* This is a ticketed event. More details are available here

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