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Beattie-Powers Place presents 'Viva El Vedado,'

a documentary about the history & architecture of an important Havana neighborhood 

Thank you for joining us for the virtual screening of


Beattie-Powers Place was pleased to present this documentary film and a filmmaker talk. The filmmaker talk is still viewable below. ​Please share your feedback for the filmmakers with us!

Viva El Vedado presents the history of the Havana neighborhood of El Vedado from the last quarter of the 19th century through the Cuban Revolution. 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 close-up 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 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.


The majority of filming took place from 2016-2018. The film's crew was Cuban, with the exception of the director/cinematographer. The score was composed and recorded in Cuba by Juan Antonio Leyva and Magda Rosa Galbán, award-winning composers, with other Cuban musicians. There are plans to expand the film by covering additional buildings that were not included in this version. If you have feedback on the film, please share it with us


Viva El Vedado has been screened at the Georgetown University Latin American Film Festival, the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at CUNY, Key Biscayne Community Center, and the Architecture School of the University of Miami as part of the 500th anniversary celebration of Havana’s founding in 2019.

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