9 2016

US CUBA Relations after the Thaw

1:30PM - 3:15PM  

JCC of Middlesex County 1775 Oak Tree Rd
Edison, NJ 08820
732-494-3232 shorwitz@jccmc.org

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Cuba and the United States restored diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015. How has the recent warming affected daily life for Cubans? How will the new relationship between Cuba and the United States affect Cuba’s Jewish community?

After screening the 55 minute documentary, “Havana Curveball” Sandra Levinson, President and Executive Director of the Center for Cuban Studies, will speak on life in Cuba after the thaw. Sandra graduated from the University of Iowa and did her graduate work on a Fulbright scholarship, at the University of Manchester in England and at Stanford University.

ABOUT THE FILM: Mica, is a classic young teen. Enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age rite. An earnest kid, he takes to heart his Rabbi's requirement to help "heal the world." Imagining himself a savior of sorts, he launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba, a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans are poor and love baseball-and that Cuba saved his grandpa's life.

On a hunch, his award-winning filmmaker parents pick up their camera. They know the U.S. embargo with Cuba-and the complications of growing up-will throw him a curveball.