Roberto Rodríguez Díaz has been chosen to participate in the Havana Film Festival New York [15th Havana Film Festival New York] with his new film Coro de silencio [Choir of Silence]. Coro de silencio is based on an eponymous book on Operation Pedro Pan. The film will screen on April 8, 2014, 6:00pm, at New York University. This is the Cuban author’s first cinematic work. Rodríguez Díaz also presented the film at the recent San Juan Film Festival in Puerto Rico and the 35th Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana.
Directed by Roberto Rodríguez Díaz, Coro de silencio was edited by Yoesvel Llerena Suri and includes music by Cuban singer Richard D’Cabrera (with the themes “Salva vida” and “Lo cambiaría todo”).
Book description: Roberto Rodríguez’s Coro de silencio / Choir of Silence (2013) is a memoir of exile and life as a Cuban child brought to the United States under the auspices of the Operation Peter Pan project. The author writes: “These are my memories of Operation Peter Pan and exile. Operation Peter Pan was created by the CIA, Cuba, the Catholic Church, and the Diocese of Miami in 1960-1962, during which 14, 048 children were brought to live in the U.S. with the understanding that we would receive a Catholic school education. Nothing was further from the truth; upon arrival in Miami, we were taken to foster homes, orphanages, and reformatories for children with mental illnesses. Even worse, we were subjected to medication for long periods of time in order to erase our minds. This resulted in my not being able to retain anything, thus forcing me to abandon school. This long-term physical and mental damage inflicted on children—resulting in a loss of identity—was enormous; some survived and other preferred not to remember. I hope that my memoir will be read by other Peter Pan survivors and allow them to feel comfortable telling their stories as well, and not remain as a ‘choir of silence.’” [Also see previous post, New Book: Roberto Rodríguez’s “Coro de silencio” (Choir of Silence).]
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