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Salud! the film, and Speaker on Healthcare in Cuba
Date Saturday April 28
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Live Oak Grange
1900 17th Ave.
Santa Cruz
(a block north of Capitola Rd.)
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorRuth Valdez
Presented by the Reel Work Labor Film Festival,
April 25 - May 11. Full schedule at http://www.reelwork.org

and by the “Better World is Possible” film series

Admission by voluntary donation

Against the backdrop of deteriorating and absent healthcare in even the richest countries, ¡Salud! tells the story of a cash-strapped country with one of the best healthcare systems in the world -- Cuba!

¡Salud! provides a rare glimpse into the Latin American Medical School in Havana where 12,000 low income students from 27 countries, including nearly 100 from the US, receive a free medical education.

This uplifting film opens in South Africa showing Cuban doctors working there. In Honduras where the IMF has mandated healthcare budget cuts, Cuban doctors serve indigenous communities. In contrast, in Gambia we see government taking the lead to bring health care to all, with the help of Cuban doctors. In Venezuela we go into barrios on the hillsides of Caracas and into river settlements in the Amazon, where a Cuban doctor is often the only doctor these communities have ever seen.

This film challenges us to reflect on the larger questions: Do governments have a responsibility to serve their citizens? In today’s world, with so many diseases preventable, shouldn’t every person have the right to basic healthcare?

We can learn a lot from our neighbor to the south!
Bring your questions! Our speaker, Dawn Gable, has lived and worked in Cuba and seen the Healthcare System first-hand. She is well qualified to expand on the film, and answer your questions. Cuba equals or surpasses the US on various measurements of health, and nearly 30,000 Cuban doctors already serve in 68 other countries!

¡Salud! , 93 minutes, is directed by Academy Award nominee Connie Field. For extensive and in-depth articles on US Health Issues, Global Health Issues, Cuban Health System, and the Latin American Medical School in Havana, including how to apply, go to http://www.saludthefilm.net


Admission by voluntary Donation

Sponsored by the Reel Work Labor Film Festival and
the “Better World is Possible” film series


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