YPFP Events

Embassy of the Czech Republic - Mutual Inspirations

October 03, 2013 06:00 pm


Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom St., NW
20008 Washington, DC
United States

YPFP is thrilled to be an official supporter the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013 - Václav Havel! We welcome you to join YPFP and the Czech Embassy for a special presentation and film screening on aiding crisis areas and supporting human rights.Executive Director of People in Need, Šimon Pánek, will give a presentation on the humanitarian organization and its activities at the Czech Embassy on October 3, at 7 pm. People in Need’s (PIN) mission focuses on providing aid to crisis areas and supporting adherence to human rights around the world. The event includes the screening of the documentary Motherland or Death (Patria o muerte). This is a unique opportunity to see an extraordinary film and connect with the very important history of a man who had a significant impact on respect for human rights globally.Film: Motherland or Death (Patria o muerte)“Motherland or Death (Patria o muerte).” This revolutionary slogan is contained in the title of this visually remarkable film. Using Cuban cities as the backdrop to personal stories, the renowned documentary maker Vitaly Mansky depicts the complexity of contemporary Cuba. As the regime begins to slightly relax its iron grip, the island begins to slowly open up to the world. Despite the economic hardship, a life full of passion, temperament and energy still pulsates in Cuban cities. Food is rationed and decent living conditions is an illusion for many. The dreams of today’s senior citizens, who believed in Fidel and his communist experiment 50 years ago, have not been fully realized. Children of these revolutionaries still follow the ideals of the revolution but do not seem all that convinced. Instead young people prefer to enjoy small pleasures the regime allows for.  While many Cubans look for life outside of Cuba, for tourists the island is for many reasons very special destination. Motherland or Death is the story of real life played out against the picturesque background of today’s Cuba. For more information about the festival, check out  www.mutualinspirations.org

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