CAMEo - Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies

Cuba: Living between Hurricanes

Screening and Q&A 

March 6th 2020, 5:30-8:00pm

Attenborough Film Theatre, Attenborough Building, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RD. 

Join us for a screening of the documentary Living Between Hurricanes/ Vivir entre Ciclones followed by a Q&A with director Michael Chanan.

Free event, no registration required.


  • 5:30pm Drinks in the atrium
  • 6:00pm Film screening
  • 7:20pm Q&A session

About the film

A film about the elements – hurricanes and rain, the sea and the earth. About a fishing port on the north coast of Cuba which has seen better days: Caibarién, where Hurricane Irma – one of the most powerful ever to sweep the Caribbean – made landfall on 9th September 2017.

About the effects of climate across the centuries in a Caribbean island sucked into global markets for its commodity crops – tobacco, coffee and above all, sugar. How sugar changed the landscape, through deforestation and soil exhaustion.

About the collapse of sugar and the encroachment of a new commodity market – tourism.

About the growing threat from climate change, and the move towards reforestation, ecotourism and sustainable farming.”

Filmed, Edited & Directed by Michael Chanan. Written & Produced by Jonathan Curry-Machado and Jean Stubbs.

Made under aegis of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, for the Commodities of Empire British Academy Research Project, and in collaboration with Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre and ICAIC. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

About the event

This screening is part of the workshop Environmental Justice and Alternatives to Development in Latin America: Knowledge, Narratives and Cultural Production, organised by CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies, and supported by Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Leicester, and the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London

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