Black and Cuba

"A REVELATION! INSPIRING!" Robin D.G. Kelley, UCLA
"OUTSTANDING!" Juanita Palacios, International Black Latino Society
This award-winning documentary follows street-smart Ivy League students who are outcasts at their elite university, band together and adventure to the enigmatic Caribbean island of Cuba, whose population is 60% Black. Their journey through the streets of Havana and Santiago reveals enthralling scenes of Cuban life including hip hop performances, block parties, and candid spontaneous encounters with AfroCuban youth. As they film their experience, the travelers discover connections between Cuban and American perspectives on human rights, race, and revolution.

OFFICIAL SELECTION Pan-African Film Festival, Atlanta & Los Angeles, San Francisco Black Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, Hot Docs International Film Festival Doc Shop, Toronto, Oakland International Film Festival

Director/Writer: Dr. Robin J. Hayes
Producer: Progressive Pupil

Updates

  • Happy Everything! Celebrate with 50% Black and Cuba Purchase

    Dec 10, 2015

    What an exciting time to be alive! Because critically acclaimed Black and Cuba shows the history of Black student protest we're offering a 50% discount this holiday season.  Share Black and Cuba and give the gift of freedom and empowerment to your family and friends. Use the coupon code Black Santa, here on VHX. 
    (pictured above Concerned 1950 Students at University of Missouri, Daniel Brenner/New York Times)

  • Welcome Nat'l Association of Multicultural Educators!

    Sep 16, 2015

    Hello Fellow Educators,

    It is always a pleasure to find community with teachers who are advancing social justice and equality.  I created Black and Cuba for teachers like you and me, who need to go outside the textbook to find materials that tell a complete inclusive American history that helps students of all backgrounds see themselves as empowered agents of change.  In your #NAME2015 conference bag (October 1-4, 2015), you'll find a postcard with a special promo code so you can preview Black and Cuba and see how it can help your work in the classroom or on campus.  Be sure to email us at blackandcuba@progressivepupil.org if you'd like to include this film in any programs you are planning for Latino Heritage Month or Black History Month. Thank you for your priceless commitment to education and democracy.

    Yours in Solidarity,

    Dr. Robin J. Hayes

    BlackandCuba.org

    Director, Black and Cuba

    Assistant Professor, The New School

  • Back to School - At a Discount

    Sep 01, 2015

    I am so excited to be starting the school year with Black and Cuba on VHX! Even if you're not in school, the fall is a great time to continue learning.  Black and Cuba sheds light on race, US-Cuba relations, diversity on campus and other important issues.  For teachers and professors, Progressive Pupil - the film's distributor - created guides with engaging assignments and readings that make it simple to bring to the classroom (available at BlackandCuba.org). To celebrate joining the VHX community, Progressive Pupil is also offering a $3 discount on purchases of the film.  Enter the promocode NewVHX15 until the end of Labor Day weekend. Enjoy!

    Yours in Solidarity,

    Dr. Robin J. Hayes

    Director, Black and Cuba

  • Happy Everything! Celebrate with 50% Black and Cuba Purchase

    Dec 10, 2015

    What an exciting time to be alive! Because critically acclaimed Black and Cuba shows the history of Black student protest we're offering a 50% discount this holiday season.  Share Black and Cuba and give the gift of freedom and empowerment to your family and friends. Use the coupon code

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  • Welcome Nat'l Association of Multicultural Educators!

    Sep 16, 2015

    Hello Fellow Educators,

    It is always a pleasure to find community with teachers who are advancing social justice and equality.  I created Black and Cuba for teachers like you and me, who need to go outside the textbook to find materials that tell a complete inclusive American history that helps students of all backgrounds see themselves as empowered agents of change.  In your #NAME2015 conference bag (October 1-4, 2...

    Read More
  • Back to School - At a Discount

    Sep 01, 2015

    I am so excited to be starting the school year with Black and Cuba on VHX! Even if you're not in school, the fall is a great time to continue learning.  Black and Cuba sheds light on race, US-Cuba relations, diversity on campus and other important issues.  For teachers and professors, Progressive Pupil - the film's distributor - created guides with engaging assignments and readings that make it simple to bring to the classroom (available at BlackandCuba.org). To...

    Read More