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19 Sep
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Sep 19, 2023 | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM


[Film Screening and Q&A] The Padilla Affair

There will be an in-person screening of the documentary The Padilla Affair, followed by a Q&A session with director Pavel Giroud


"The Padilla Affair" delves into the public trial of writer Heberto Padilla that rocked Havana in 1971. It prompted globally recognized intellectuals including Jean Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Octavio Cortázar, and Mario Vargas Llosa to openly critique the Cuban Revolution. 

This award-winning documentary, released in 2022, presents never-before-seen footage from Padilla's public trial, exploring the circumstances leading to his imprisonment, his public self-criticism, and the international repercussions that ensued.

This event presents a rare opportunity to witness the cultural dynamics and international politics surrounding the Cuban Revolution in the early 1970s. The film serves as a stark reminder of the extent of totalitarian power and celebrates the capacity of art and literature as tools of resistance.

It will pique the interest of anyone studying or fascinated by Latin American politics, the Cold War, the Cuban Revolution, modernity, totalitarianism, socialism, and resistance.


View the trailer here.



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