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[liberationtech] Finishing "Black and Cuba" May 17 Screening/Reception RSVP now Available

Robin J Hayes robinhayes at
Thu Apr 12 11:41:31 PDT 2012

Happy Spring! 

Black and Cuba is a  full-length documentary that takes audiences along the life-changing journey I began at Yale while I was studying for a PhD in African American studies with an extraordinary and diverse group of friends: Besenia, Dalton, Erin, Josh, Myra, Theresa, Tokunbo and Tucker.  We all felt like misfits at this elite institution.  We travelled to Cuba to see how revolution is lived.  There we dialogued with Cubans from all walks of life and gained insight about how we will overcome racism and class.  The film also uses rarely seen moving images from the African diaspora's digital archive to take viewers on a trip through the international history of Black resistance.  It  features Fidel Castro, Angela Davis, Ché Guevara, Julius Nyerere, Assata Shakur and Robert F. Williams.  This documentary is an inspirational and exhilarating experience that fulfills our desire to see more of the diversity, intelligence and compassion within Black communities illuminated in film.  You can see some excerpts of our work here. As a professor and former community organizer, I crafted this work to stimulate conversations in college classrooms and community-based organizations.

We need your help to finish Black and Cuba and make it available throughout the US and internationally. We want to make sure you have the best viewing experience possible and that the quality of the film meets your standard of excellence.  Your fully tax-deductible donation (through which you can share or keep some unique perks) is welcome online here at our indiegogo fundraising campaign.  We also welcome your check or money order payable to San Francisco Film Society (our fiscal sponsor) via the mail at:   

Progressive Pupil
511 Avenue of the Americas No. 399
New York, NY 10011.

Any amount you offer will help us complete some tasks and build momentum towards completing and distributing Black and Cuba.

Some of the donation perks include:

May 17, 2012 7pm Private Work-In-Progress Screening and Wine/Hors D'Oeuvres Reception at Cinema Village Theater, NYC

A signed copy of Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Color Line  by Theresa Runstedtler one of the Travelers

Limited Edition posters of either Ché Guevara or Juan Almeida, leaders of the Cuban Revolution

An opportunity to acknowledge family and friends who have helped you with your education in the film's closing credits

Impressive Black Panther paintings by nationally recognized artist Sophia Dawson

By supporting Black and Cuba, you’re acting on your belief that the brutal consequences of racism and class are not inevitable.  You’re also  demonstrating how we—as community members, scholars, students, activists, congregation members and teachers concerned about racial inequality—can work together to inform and transform our communities.  Please share this message and our campaign with your friends and family through  facebook, twitter, blogs and email lists. Thank you in advance for considering how you can contribute to making this film.

Yours with Gratitude and Solidarity,


Robin J.Hayes, PhD
Writer/Director Black and Cuba
Principal Organizer  Progressive Pupil
Assistant Professor, The New School

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