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August 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BloomBars and Africa World Now Project present the film ¡Salud! by Connie Field, about Cuba’s medical activism and what it has meant for developing and poor countries around the world. Following the screening will be a Q & A with IPS’s Netfa Freeman, who has been a decades long Cuba solidarity activist, currently as an organizer in the International Committee for Peace, Justice & Dignity.
¡Salud! is a timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all. The film looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems.’ From the shores of Africa to the Americas, ¡Salud! hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba — now numbering 30,000, including nearly 100 from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health — and the complex realities confronting the movement to make health care everyone’s birthright.
*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support both the Africa World Now Project and BloomBars. Free organic popcorn. BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts and other guests.