The Cubaraui Women

A truly captivating documentary revealing an extraordinary cultural interchange that is rarely reported. Every year young Muslim women born in the camps of Sub-Saharan Africa travel to Cuba to study; barely out of adolescence they are suddenly exposed to a radically different world. Often, they stay to complete an entire education up to Master’s Degree level. After more than a decade immersed in an atmosphere of salsa, beach life, and intellectual quest, they return to Africa …. The film looks at the motivations of the women in leaving their homes at such a young age, as well as their reasons for returning. Equally fascinating is the examination of their adaptation back to the Islamic culture of their desert homeland after a vivid education in such an ideologically contrasting setting.

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