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Our House in Havana

PBS Premiere: July 25, 2000

Synopsis

After 40 years, Silvia Morini returns to the palatial house of her youth in Cuba, where her nostalgia for a pre-Castro world confronts modern Cuban reality. Filmmaker Stephen Olsson presents Silvia's tapestry of rose-colored memories, history, culture, and tragi-comic encounters, contrasting sharply with recollections from working-class Cubans. Yet as Silvia discovers an evolving Cuba, she herself undergoes a surprising change-not entirely altering her political outlook but becoming, as she puts it, "more human."

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TAGS: cuba, embargo, florida, havana, latinas, latinos, memory

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Our House in Havana

Premiere Date: July 25, 2000

Filmmaker: Stephen Olsson Bio | Interview

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Stephen Olsson
Stephen Olsson
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Critical Acclaim

Our House in Havana is a subtle, moving, and surprisingly artful account...It is also further evidence that the quality nonfiction fare to be found on PBS...is perhaps the best and most engrossing television there is today...”

— John Koch
The Boston Globe

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