Thanks to Obama’s policy of appeasement and engagement with Cuba’s brutally repressive apartheid regime, the Castro dictatorship’s tentacles of repression and censorship now reach all the way to New York. I guess that is what they mean by “building bridges.”
Already banned in Cuba, film gets censored in U.S.
A Cuban film based on repression against homosexual writers in the early years of the Revolution, which was recently shown at the Miami Film Festival, has been banned from an awards competition for an upcoming festival in New York.
The Havana Film Festival New York confirmed that Santa and Andrés will not be part of the official awards competition due to “political gossip” surrounding the film.
Cuban director Carlos Lechuga denounced the awards ban as censorship — even though the film will be shown at the festival — and blamed it on pressure by the Cuban government.
“Under nebulous circumstances I have learned that Cuban authorities have tried to get my film out of the festival,” Lechuga posted in Spanish on his Facebook page. “At this moment the film has been removed from official competition, again being excluded because of its political tone.”
Carole Rosenberg, executive director of the Havana Film Festival New York, told el Nuevo Herald that the removal of the film from official competition was not due to pressure from Havana.
“It has nothing to do with that,” said Rosenberg, who explained that she decided to withdraw it “due to the political tones of what has been posted on the internet,” without giving more details about the problematic posts.
“I do not know how to explain it to you, but our mission is to build bridges and we have always stayed away from the politics of either country. We do not get into political gossip, it’s not how we operate. And all of the sudden this erupted. I simply felt that I did not want to be part of this,” she said in a telephone interview.
“It would be inappropriate to have it in the competition,” Rosenberg added, although she confirmed that the film will be shown at the festival without a shot at receiving an award “because it really does not fit the mission of our organization.”
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