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Film: The Power of the Weak
April 21, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Come to the D.C. premiere of the documentary The Power of the Weak, where you can meet in-person with Jorge Enrique Jérez Belisario (Jorgito), the young Cuban man whose story is told in the film.
The documentary provides a picture of the world-renowned Cuban medical and educational systems that persist through the country’s economic suffering. This film is by independent German filmmaker, Tobias Kriele.
Jorgito, who was born with severe cerebral palsy, and his family, friends, doctors and teachers, describe the physical and academic accomplishments, social integration and political participation of a young disabled person in Cuban society through compelling personal interviews.
Jorgito’s deep love for his country found expression through his participation in the campaign to free the Cuban Five ― five Cubans whose imprisonment in the U.S. for infiltrating anti-Cuban organizations in Miami engaged in terrorist attacks on Cuba was internationally criticized, generating a world-wide movement for their freedom. Recognizing the relationship of his own development to the development of the society in which he lives, Jorgito states, ”Without Cuba and its history, I wouldn’t be Jorgito.”
At this time of changing U.S.-Cuba relations, The Power of the Weak screening and discussion provides a unique opportunity for U.S. audiences to learn about some of the achievements of Cuban society. It is part of the 2nd “Days of Action” against the U.S. blockade in Washington, DC.
Co-sponsers: UDC Division of Social and Behavioral Studies, the Institute for Policy Studies, the International Committee for Peace, Justice & Dignity, Venceremos Brigade, IFCO-Pastors for Peace, National Network on Cuba, and DC Metro Coalition in Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution.
For purchase at this event will be incredibly discounted copies of the ground breaking DVDs “Fidel” and “Will the Real Terrorists Please Stand Up,” both by the late filmmaker, world renowned public scholar, and IPS Fellow Saul Landau.