Through their eyes

Bill Gentile, a US university lecturer, took advantage of the recent loosening of travel restrictions by his government, to take six of his students to study in Cuba for four months in late 2011. Together with his Cuban-born wife, Esther, he made Through Their Eyes, a documentary record of their experiences.

We get to know this diverse group of students as they explore Cuban society. Each changes in subtle but profound ways as the result of the time spent on the island — forbidden to most North Americans because of the decades-old economic embargo against Cuba.

Now, as the US administration starts to lift its bans on travel and trade to Cuba, and as the Cuban government opens its doors to capitalism, this film and the students’ experiences are a pertinent sign of things to come.

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