The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College is delighted to host Emmy-winning television reporter Diana Gonzalez in Ticket To Havana: Reporting in Cuba in the 1970s on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM in Room 7128 on the Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College.
In 1979 Gonzalez, a young reporter at Miami TV station WTVJ-4, traveled to Cuba with her reporter’s notebook, a cameraman and a sheaf of travel documents and reported on life in Cuba – for visitors and for Cubans. In a series of reports titled “Ticket to Havana” Gonzalez found out what it was like to stay at the Hotel Nacional, shop in a Communist capitol, and dine in Havana’s finest restaurant while Cubans endured food shortages.
In a second series of reports, “Growing Up in Cuba,” Gonzalez captured Cuban youth culture, from record stores and teen hangouts to the Cuban version of “American Bandstand.”
The Carter administration had loosened restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba in 1977. In 1982 – after the Mariel Boatlift brought dramatic changes to relations between the United States and Cuba — the thaw ended and travel restrictions were reinstated.
In Ticket To Havana, veteran television reporter Diana Gonzalez will recount her 1979 reporting trip to Cuba, screening some of the stories she covered there and talking about reporting in authoritarian Cuba during a thaw in U.S. – Cuba relations just six months before the Mariel Boatlift dramatically changed that relationship.
Light refreshments will follow the program.
Join us for this fascinating program featuring reporter Diana Gonzalez in person. Seating is limited – please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video: “Shopping In a Communist Capitol.” Excerpt from “Ticket To Havana,” reported by Diana Gonzalez, WTVJ-4, Miami, 1979.