Monday, October 10, 2011

Padurisima (2) - Leonardo Padura on CUNY TV (in Spanish w/ English subtitles)

As readers of El Yuma know, Cuban writer Leonardo Padura was in Nueva York for a few days back in March and April. During his visit he sat down with Mexican novelist and Distinguished Lecturer at City College/CUNY Carmen Boullosa at her home in Brooklyn to tape an interview as part of the "Cuba" episode of CUNY TV's show "Nueva York."

Released on August 18, 2011, this subtitled "Cuba" episode (#97) of "Nueva York" is broken into three parts. After the lead in (0:00 - 1:30) and intro (1:30 - 2:30), we are treated to the Padura interview (2:30 - 10:35).




This is followed by a fascinating segment on Cuba's "TV Serrana" featuring interviews with Carlos Rodriguez (Realizador, TV Serrana) and Alex Halkin of the Americas Media Initiative (10:50 - 19:20). 

Finally, the show concludes with a segment on "Danza Contempornea Cubana" and its recent collaboration with Cuban-America dancer and choreographer Pedro Ruíz, who is interviewed here by Patricio Lerzundi, Chair of the Journalism, Communication, and Theatre Department (JCT) at Lehman College (19:45 - 28:35).


Episode Details in Spanish and English follow

Dedicamos este episodio al arte y la cultura de la Cuba contemporánea. Comenzamos en Brooklyn donde Carmen Boullosa se encuentra con el periodista y escritor cubano Leonardo Padura, quien nos habla de la novela policiaca en español, de sus inicios como escritor en Cuba y de su última obra, “El hombre que amaba los perros”, sobre el asesinato de Trotsky.

A continuación vamos a los estudios de CUNY-TV en el corazón de Manhattan donde recibimos al realizador y cineasta cubano Carlos Rodríguez para conocer el “Cuba Media Project”, un proyecto que busca dar a conocer en los Estados Unidos el trabajo de “TV Serrana” , un canal de televisión comunitaria con sede en la sierra maestra,.

Finalizamos en el Upper West Side donde Patricio Lerzundi visita a Pedro Ruiz el primer coreógrafo cubano americano en regresar a la isla a trabajar con el reconocido grupo Danza Contemporánea de Cuba. Ruiz nos habla de su proyecto “Ventanas” y de sus emociones al pisar tierra cubana después de 25 años de ausencia.


In this episode...

Leonardo Padura
Today's episode is dedicated to Cuban contemporary art and culture. We begin in Brooklyn, where Carmen Boullosa will meet Cuban writer and journalist Leonardo Padura, who will talk about crime fiction in Spanish, about his beginnings as a writer in Cuba and about his latest novel, The Man Who Loved Dogs, about Trotsky's murder.

Carlos RodriguezNext, we will go to CUNY TV studios, in the heart of Manhattan, where we will be meeting Cuban producer and filmmaker Carlos Rodríguez. We will learn about the Cuba Media Project, a project which aims to promote the work of TV Serrana in the US, a community TV channel based in the Sierra Maestra.

Pedro RuizFinally, we will go to the Upper West Side, where Patricio Lerzundi will meet Pedro Ruiz, the first Cuban-American choreographer to return to the island to work with the renowned group Contemporary Cuban Dance. Ruiz will tell us about his project Windows and what he felt when he set foot on Cuban land after 25 years.

2 comments:

  1. Among all the foremost contemporary novelists and best known cultural critics, Leonardo Padura is my favorite. His "La neblina de ayer" is just a bestseller that finally helped me to understand Padura's personality better.

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  2. Leonardo Padura is a very famous novelist and jornalist in Cuba! I have read 5 of Padura's favourites - I particularly enjoyed Cecilia Valdes (Angel Hill) and Villaverde's depiction of 19th century Havana. It's amazing to think of horse drawn carriages going up and down the Prado and people sitting on the concrete benches. Walking through old Havana you can still see the places he writes about. And his fictitious character Cecilia, probably the first and most famous Cuban mulatta to be portrayed in fiction, actually has her own grave at the cemetary (as of course, does Villaverde). And Padura's own books are wonderful too!

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