RETRATO de TERESA
PORTRAIT OF TERESA, Saturday, May 25, 7 p.m.
At the home of Rachel and Jay, 601 9th Street, Santa
Monica,one block East of Lincoln, one block North of
Montana, Southeast Corner, Easy Parking
Before Film: Meet at Izzy’s, 15th and Wilshire, 5 PM
Free Street Parking @ Izzy’s Deli, rear lot, computer
store lot on 15th
After Film: Discussion, with end the embargo on CUBAN
RSVP (a must); RachelJay@earthlink.net
310-780 7363 (first 20)
RETRATO de TERESA 103 min. 1979 Subtitled
Daisy Granados won the award for Best Actress at the 11th
Moscow International Film Festival.
A Classic Cuban Film
”PORTRAIT OF TERESA,” a Cuban entry in the ”New Direc-
tors/New Films” series sponsored by the Film Society of
Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, bears a
glancing resemblance to ”Norma Rae,” because it’s the
realistic account of a woman struggling with the demands
of family and her job. Teresa is overwhelmed: with a
husband, three young sons, a job as a crew leader in a
textile factory, and volunteer commitments as cultural
leader of her union. Her husband, Ramón, wants more of her
attention; her feelings are mixed, wanting domestic peace,
feeling responsibilities to the revolution, and wanting to
control her own life beyond doing dirty dishes. They separ-
ate; he begins an affair. When he wants a reconciliation,
she asks what his response would be if she’d had an affair
too. “But men are different,” is his reply. He’s failed her
test, and to hold on to independence and self-respect, she
remains uncompromising and hard-edged.
“Women are women and men are men and even Fidel can’t change
that,” is Teresa’s mother’s advice.
$5 donation for International Committee for the Freedom of
the Cuban 5 www.thecuban5.org/
In September 1998, five Cuban men were arrested in Miami by
FBI agents. Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando
Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez were accused
of the crime of conspiracy to commit espionage.
RENÉ González Sehwerert, one of Cuba’s five anti-terrorist
heroes, released from prison October 7, 2011 having served
in full the brutal and unjust sentence he was given.
René González has been given permission to remain in Cuba!