Cuban Women: Branded by Paradise | Chicago Reader

Cuban Women: Branded by Paradise

This 1999 video's subtitle is supposed to be ironic—director Mari Rodriguez-Ichaso has assembled something of an anti-Castro screed, combining interviews with Cuban women emigres and brief conversations with Cubans forced into prostitution for lack of employment. Their individual stories are compelling: political prisoners describe unbearable conditions and beatings by guards; a poet recalls the mob that tried to force her to eat her own poems. “I'm not myself anymore—I've become a receptacle,” says one woman, in an eloquent testament to the power of a repressive system.

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