Economics 101

WHEN: May 5, 2:00 PM

La Singular Historia de Juan sin Nada (The Unique Story of Unlucky Juan) / Directed by Ricardo Figueredo Oliva / 52 min. / 2016 / Documentary Feature / Spanish with English subtitles

The Unique Story of Unlucky Juan is a comprehensive, accessible examination of the particularities of the Cuban economy. Using a fictional worker named Juan as an example, the film shows how the economy affects the daily lives of ordinary citizens – and how badly it squeezes those who don’t have access to hard currency.

POST-SCREENING PRESENTATION: Cuban journalist and blogger (La Joven Cuba), Harold Cárdenas will discuss the current state of the Cuban economy and how it relates to Cuba’s new constitutional reforms and the impact of the Trump administration’s recent tightening of the U.S. embargo.


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Harold Cardenas is a current graduate student in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Since 2010, Cardenas has been the editor of the alternative media La Joven Cuba and served as philosophy professor for more than five years at the University of Matanzas. His social-science background and focus on the boundaries between political analysis and communication has led him to a number of lectures and conferences in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Harold is fluent in English and Spanish, and has been characterized in The New York Times as a "promising voice" in Cuba.