For the enlightenment, advancement, and inspiration of its members
PRODOS FILM STUDY GROUP
With the kind permission of
Executive Producer, Jordan Allott & In Altum Productions
Another powerful documentary of individuals standing against tyranny
and promoting liberty, individual rights, rule of law, limited government
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Date: Monday May 07 2012
Venue: Home of Prodos & Barboo, 153 Lennox Street, Richmond. Phone: 9428 1234.
6.30 PM: Doors Open.
Meals (all at cost price) served between 6.30 PM and 7.15 PM
- Lemon Pepper Atlantic Salmon: $12
- Crumbed Lamb Cutlets: $12
- Chicken Schnitzel: $12
7.30 PM (sharp): Commencement of Film + Chaired discussion.
Who: Only registered PRODOS Film Study Group members and guests of members allowed. You can apply to join on the night. To join you need to agree with our purpose and pay the $2 annual fee.
Policy: Leaving straight after a film and therefore skipping the discussion goes against one of the conditions upon which our permission to screen these films is based.
9.30 PM: End of meeting.
Cost: No charge. But if you’d like to make a personal donation to Prodos that’s greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Description by Producer
OSCAR’s CUB, shot undercover in Cuba … tells the story of Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, a prisoner of conscience who until March 2011 was serving a 25-year prison sentence for the crime of “disrespecting the revolution” through his promotion of human rights, respect for life and democracy in Cuba.
Through archival footage, interviews with those close to Dr. Biscet, interviews with past Cuban political prisoners and current Cuban dissidents, as well as footage of groups and individuals who (were) working to free Dr. Biscet, OSCAR’s CUBA reveals the truth about the Cuban government’s unjust detention of Dr. Biscet and thousands of other human rights supporters.
OSCAR’s CUBA first looks back at the Cuban people’s 50 year fight for freedom, then highlights the work and vision of Dr. Biscet.
More than a newsreel piece, OSCAR’s CUBA takes a personal look, from Havana across the island to Santiago, at those who have sacrificed everything for the betterment of their nation.
While the documentary tells the truth about today’s Cuba, it also provides a hopeful look, through the eyes of its greatest present day representative and visionary, at the potential future of a free Cuba.
The OSCAR’s CUBA original score was recorded by 4-time Grammy award winning Jazz legend Arturo Sandoval.
In March of 2011, one year after the premiere of Oscar’s Cuba, Dr. Biscet was released from prison. On his second day out of prison Dr. Biscet and his wife, Elsa, watched Oscar’s Cuba at his home in Havana and commented, “I am very pleased and humbled by Oscar’s Cuba.” Dr. Biscet, a finalist for the 2011 Nobel Peace prize, was awarded the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President George W. Bush.
From a BBC article, March 2011 …
The Cuban government has freed a jailed dissident who refused to go into exile in Spain as a condition for release.
Oscar Elias Biscet, 49, was one of 75 opponents of the government sentenced to long prison terms in 2003.
He told the Efe news agency he would continue his non-violent resistance and his fight for human rights on the communist-ruled island.
Mr Biscet said he was grateful he had been able to leave prison in good mental and physical health.
“The Cuban authorities did not manage to make me mentally ill, as they were hoping to do,” he told reporters at his home in the capital, Havana.
He is one of a group of more than 50 dissidents whose release was negotiated by the Catholic Church in Cuba.
Most of those freed agreed to go into exile in Spain, but Mr Biscet said he would remain in his home country.
“I have always lived in Cuba, I am from Cuba,” he said.
He told reporters gathered at his home that he had never stopped fighting and that he had never strayed from the path of non-violent resistance, not even in prison.
Mr Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in prison on charges of working with the United States to subvert the Cuban government.
While serving his prison sentence, he was awarded America’s highest civilian honour, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, by George W Bush.
Mr Biscet’s arrest was part of a 2003 crackdown on political opponents of the government during which 75 dissidents were arrested.
Three of them remain in custody: Jose Daniel Ferrer, Librado Linares and Felix Navarro.
Note: Thanks to Samuel Hearne for recommending this documentary.