29 Jun 2009

Castro's daughter speaks for gay rights, in London





Panel debate after Strawberry and Chocolate - Cuban gay movie

Saturday 4 July 2009, 8.45pm, Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Coinciding with Pride London, a special screening of the ground-breaking Cuban gay movie, Strawberry and Chocolate, will be followed by a panel Q and A with Mariela Castro, the pro-gay rights daughter of Cuba's president Raùl Castro, niece of Fidel Castro and director of the Cuban National Centre for Sex Education in Havana.

Mariela Castro will be joined on stage after the screening by the film's screenwriter/director Juan Carlos Tabio and by Alberto Roque, a leading gay rights activist in Cuba.

The event is part of the Barbican season, Cine Cuba: 50 Years of Revolution in Film, which runs from Friday 3 July to Thursday 9 July 2009.

Ticket bookings online: www.barbican.org.uk/film or phone 0845 120 7527

Tickets £9.50 on the phone or at the box office, and £7.50 for bookings online.

More about the event

The Barbican welcomes some very exciting guests to Cine Cuba: 50 Years of Revolution in Film this July: screenwriter/director Juan Carlos Tabio and campaigner Mariela Castro. With issues surrounding equality in sex, gender and race emerging in this year's programme through films such as Strawberry and Chocolate, Up to a Certain Point, Cecilia and Raza, the festival is delighted to play host to a timely discussion on these themes between Tabio and Castro along with Alberto Roque, a leading gay rights activist in Cuba.

Mariela Castro is daughter of Cuba's president Raùl Castro, niece of Fidel Castro and director of the Cuban National Centre for Sex Education in Havana. Mariela Castro campaigns for AIDS prevention along with the recognition of the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals, transvestites and transsexuals in Cuba. She is also a widely published author.

Mariela Castro will be attending Cine Cuba on Saturday 4th July, Pride London night, for a special discussion on gay rights in Cuba, following the 8.45pm screening of Strawberry and Chocolate. She will be joined by Alberto Roque, a leading gay rights activist in Cuba and Juan Carlos Tabío for this discussion.

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