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Latino Public Broadcasting (Los Angeles, CA 90068-1344)
Sandie Viquez Pedlow (Project Director: August 2017 to present)

Media Projects Production
Public Programs

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$450,000 (approved)
$450,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2018 – 4/30/2021

José Lezama Lima: Letters to Eloísa

Production of a sixty-minute documentary about the Cuban writer José Lezama Lima (1910–76).

An hour-long documentary film biography of one of Cuba’s greatest writers of the twentieth century, and a major figure in the mid-century Latin American literary Boom. Relying on Lezama’s remarkable correspondence with his exiled sister in the U.S. as dramatic armature, the film features Lezama’s own readings of his poetry, striking photography of Havana, dramatizations; as well as archival material and interviews; it weaves together the public and the private, the literary and the political, to show how Lezama’s eventful life was enmeshed in Cuba’s complicated history including its 1959 Revolution and the struggle between government and intellectuals for artistic freedom. A dual tragic love story—between a loving brother and his sister in exile, and between a patriotic, homosexual writer and his roiling nation—the film arrives at a critical time as it opens a window onto a changing Cuba and holds important lessons for the global struggle for freedom and tolerance.