Join The Community Library for a virtual conversation with documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist Reed Lindsay, who will be joining us remotely from Havana, Cuba. Reed will be in conversation with the Library’s operations manager Nicole Lichtenberg to discuss the work of his media organization Belly of the Beast, which shares Cuba’s untold stories through journalism and cinematography.
Lindsay’s newest project, The War on Cuba, is a three-part film series telling the story of the impact of U.S. sanctions on Cuba and the interests driving them. The series, which can be viewed online takes an on-the-ground and in-depth look at the economic war currently being waged by the U.S. government on the Cuban people. Releasing throughout the month of October, the mini-series shows how U.S. policy impacts people’s lives in Cuba through the eyes of a young Cuban journalist, and also investigates the powerful interests behind these policies. The series is executive-produced by Oliver Stone and Danny Glover.
The conversation will also discuss Lindsay’s work reporting from around the world to bring marginalized voices to the fore, expose injustices and abuse of power, create awareness about issues that have been ignored or misunderstood and challenge mainstream narratives that are devoid of context or distort local realities.
This program will air on the Library’s Livestream. Live viewers will be able to join the conversation in the Livestream chat.
Reed Lindsay is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker who has lived in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Port-au-Prince and Cairo and has reported from Libya, India, Venezuela and Honduras, among other countries. He is currently based in Havana, Cuba.His most recent feature-length documentary, Charlie vs Goliath, an inspiring story about a 75-year-old former Catholic priest who runs for the US Senate in the state of Wyoming in a bid to shake up the political establishment, has screened in film festivals across the country. In 2014, Reed won a Gracie Award for Fists of Fury, a short film about a 15-year-old girl in Kolkata, India, striving to be a champion boxer. He was one of the first journalists to enter Libya after the uprising, and co-directed an hour-long film entitled Benghazi Rising that was nominated for a Rory Peck Award as best documentary in 2011. He reported on the Egyptian rebellion from beginning to end, and was co-winner of an Emmy for his contribution to the HBO documentary In Tahrir Square. From 2004 until 2009, Reed was based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where he worked as a journalist, lived in a poor neighborhood and founded a non-profit supporting a group of community volunteers who formed two tuition-free schools serving 250 children. His work has been published in more than 20 major newspapers and magazines, aired on numerous radio stations, and broadcast on television news networks throughout the world.