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Al Jazeera Preview Screening: Cuba For Sale + Q&A

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Frontline Club, Paddington

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Al Jazeera Preview Screening: Cuba For Sale + Q&A

Special preview screening followed by a Q&A session

"Today, the USA is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach…and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas."

- Barack Obama (December 17, 2014)
Cuba was the first communist state to be created in the western hemisphere, and it’s also the last one standing. But the United States’ economic embargo against Cuba, coupled with the break up of the Soviet Union, has left this island nation struggling to provide for its citizens’ most basic needs. In 2011, President Raul Castro introduced a series of dramatic reforms designed to stimulate growth. For the first time in decades, Cuban citizens were allowed to sell their homes and open businesses, and foreign companies are now permitted to invest in Cuba. The President insists that these measures are designed to preserve, rather than dismantle Cuban socialism. But can he successfully open up the economy without betraying the promise of a classless society upon which the Cuban state was built? Juliana Ruhfus and Seamus Mirodan investigate in this intriguing documentary, and will field questions afetrwards. This event is hosted by The Frontline Club. With a history rooted in the freelance video news industry, the Club exists to promote freedom of expression and supports journalists, cameramen and photographers who risk their lives in the course of their work. Today, the United States of America is changing its relationship with the people of Cuba. In the most significant changes in our policy in more than fifty years, we will end an outdated approach…and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas.

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