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Havana Glasgow Film Festival 2020 (10 – 15 November)

Dear Friend, 

This year’s Havana Glasgow Film Festival will run online from 10-15 November and is to be packed full of the usual high-quality mix of thought-provoking Cuban films, cultural events, discussion and debate as well as some special surprises.

With a theme of EXTRAORDINARY CUBA, focusing on health and innovation in Cuba, this year’s film highlights will include:

The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia, a warm-hearted feature about an invitation to another planet

Cuba: Living Between Hurricanes – a documentary about the resilience of the Cuban people in the face of extreme weather cycles and climate change 

Cuban Legends Double Bill – documentaries on two of  Cuba’s music greats – Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World and Silvio Rodriguez: My First Calling

This diverse cultural programme will include an evening curated by economic historian Doctor Helen Yaffe – Cuba and COVID19: Public Health, Science and Solidarity, including films by Belly of the Beast, the Premiere of Light and Hope (with a score by Samuel Fornell from salsa band Los Van Van) and interviews with the most important medical research team in Cuba. 

In addition to the above there will be some very special events this year. Glaswegian Masterchef winner Gary Maclean will host a Cuban cookery workshop live from his home exclusively for HGFF, Migrant Voice will lead a poetry workshop and salsa dance stars Oscle and Lisi will teach an online dance class. 

Sandra White MSP commented on the planned festival:

“This years Havana Glasgow Film Festival is exactly what we need in the colder and wetter days ahead – a splash of Cuban sunshine couldn’t come at a better time!

“The online format of this years festival will in no way diminish the vibrancy and depth of content on offer. It will also allow all those who may have struggled to make it to Glasgow for the festival, for whatever reason, the opportunity to enjoy this fantastic taste of Cuba.”

You can access the festival via various platforms and as such organisers recommend joining their social media sites to make sure you don’t miss out;

  • Subscribe to their youtube channel, where they will be screening special recorded events and discussions
  • Join their Facebook page to hear their latest news
  • Follow them on Instagram and on Twitter

Festival Passes, priced at £15 / £7.50 for access to the whole Festival, go on sale on 13 October at