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From the Cuba Media Project of the Americas Media Initiative
They Would All Be Queens
A film by Gustavo Pérez
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The stories of several Soviet women living in or around Camaguey, Cuba who married Cuban men and moved to Cuba in the 1980s before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

When the Soviet Union fell and Cuba entered “The Special Period” where food and all other goods became scarce if non-existant these women found themselves trapped in a situation they could have never imagined. THEY WOULD ALL BE QUEENS provides a unique insight into the fall-out of a geopolitical relationship forged during the Cold War and the individuals whose lives were deeply affected by it.

"Explores the lives of seven Soviet women who married Cuban men in the 1970s and 1980s and left their homes and families in the Soviet Union to move to a new world of tropical heat, palm trees, and comparative poverty... a welcome addition to our understanding of the cultural history of Soviet-Cuban relations... through the lens of the personal... A compelling, intimate, and sometimes bleak testament to the fact that in Cuba, as in the former Soviet Union, the past has fallen apart and the future is unknown." —Anne E. Gorsuch, University of British Columbia, in Slavic Review (Winter 2014)


55 minutes / color
Release: 2013
Copyright: 2006
Sale: $248

Subject areas:
Anthropology, Caribbean, Cold War Era, Cuba, Eastern Europe, Economic Sociology, Family Relations, Geography, Globalization, History (World), Latin America, Latin American Studies, Politics, Race and Racism, Russia, The Caribbean

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