Cinema: Havana Bound

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Directed by MICHAEL RUBBO

This eccentric, evocative film is less a documentary than a cinematic diary. Two men travel to Cuba. One, named Jeff Sterling, is a wealthy businessman who has made a killing in communications, specifically in television. The other is the former Prime Minister of Newfoundland, Joseph R. Smallwood, older than Sterling by at least a couple of decades, a dedicated Socialist. For Smallwood, the trip is practically a pilgrimage; for Sterling, it is a curiosity and a challenge. While Smallwood admires Cuban schools, medical care and housing programs, Sterling grouses about forced labor and compares socialism...

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