Escape the Winter months with a virtual trip to Havana and the historic and lively neighborhood of El Vedado! Thanks to the generosity of the filmmakers, Beattie-Powers Place, Catskill’s historic home for the arts, is pleased to present the documentary, Viva El Vedado, and a filmmaker talk for free.
Viva El Vedado covers the history of the Havana neighborhood of El Vedado from the last quarter of the 19th century through the Cuban Revolution. Known as a cultural center of Havana, the film highlights the neighborhood’s remarkable collection of 20th century architecture, its vibrant life, and the need for preserving El Vedado as part of Havana’s heritage. Going beyond stereotypes, the film provides a closeup view of one of Havana’s most important neighborhoods.
Viva El Vedado was made over two-and-a-half years by cinematographer & director Stanley Staniski and producer Mary Wilkie Ebrahimi, who lived in El Vedado before the Revolution. It features interviews with architectural historian Eduardo Luis Rodríguez, urban planner Secundino Fernández and Gustavo López González, former assistant director of the National Museum of Decorative Arts in El Vedado.