Revolution, Reform, and Reconciliation: A new relationship with Cuba
“What does the Cuban Dream mean to you?”
The Re-Evolution curriculum focuses on using the film as a springboard for discussion around an often polarizing and misunderstood issue: Contemporary Cuba. The themes below are well suited for latin american studies, spanish language, activists, and Cuban cultural centers and study abroad programs.
“What revolution if you don’t first revolutionize yourself?”
We aim to give the opportunity to evaluate information in the context of our own lives; this reflective look at Cuba, nationhood and individual identity provokes a diversity, intimacy, and creativity to their responses. The course holds an interdisciplinary interest and invites us to engage with the film, synthesizing new connections, critiques and systems of analysis that will last far beyond the lesson. Ultimately, it is these rich experiences of connecting what one sees in a film with the reality of everyday life that foster wonder, interest, and outreach into the world.
In what ways did Cuba’s relationships with other countries affect their culture and economy?
TIME, CONTINUITY, AND CHANGE
How did Cuba’s rich and complicated history make it what it is today?
PEOPLE, PLACES, AND ENVIRONMENTS
How do people connect and relate to the environment around them in Cuba?
INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT AND IDENTITY
How does your country define you?
How has Cuba’s isolation affected the formation of its unique culture?
POWER AUTHORITY AND GOVERNANCE
Is the role of the state to serve its people or maintain its power?
Dig deeper into these references for additional context.
The Fidel Castro Tapes
An english-translated database of Fidel Castro’s speeches and interviews from 1959 to 1996. Provided by the Latin American Network Information Center.
Cuban Heritage Collection – Digital
A collection of resources such as letters, photographs, maps, and more. Provided by the Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) at the University of Miami.
National Security Archive—Cuba Project
A collection of declassified documents from the U.S. government on the history of the relationship between the United States and Cuba.
An academic journal that seeks to provoke debate and conversations on Cuba by providing contrasting resources and arguments.