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Guide to the Estela and Ernesto Bravo Film and Video Collection TAM.616

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630
tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu


Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Jan Hilley, with the assistance of Heather Mulliner.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 26, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to include item-level description of 225 videos  , December 2018

Container List

Series XXIX: Independent and Unidentified Footage, 1980-2014

Scope and Content Note

The series contains an assortment of recordings. Some of the videos contain footage that was shot independently, and not for a specific film. Examples of these recordings include clips from Brazil, from Mexico, and an interview concerning the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). This series also contains several clips relating to Nelson Mandela for which the specific film cannot be determined. Other footage that cannot be associated with a specific film due to lack of contextual information is also included in this series. An example is an interview Bravo conducted with three individuals in New York. The original box annotations suggest that these individuals are Dominicans but there is no indication of the specific film. The conversation with these individuals continues on more than one cassette. It is unclear whether this is independent material or may have been created for a specific film.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 59 Cassette : ref1338 "2nd Anniversary of the War of the Malvinas (No Borrar)"
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Box: 63 Cassette : ref1065 (Videos [31142063166188]) Rosenberg Memorial Ceremony

Scope and Content Note

This video features two minutes of a Cuban news report on a memorial ceremony in honor of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg at the Rosenberg Memorial in Havana. The footage features Estela Bravo at the ceremony and includes several short interviews with participants discussing the significance of the memorial. After 2:25 the news report ends and the remainder of the video features lyrics and instrumental music from a karaoke program.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Betacam. Duration: 00:30:44.


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Box: 96 Dvd : ref1065 (Access dvd [31142063007119])
Box: 47 Cassette : ref1060 (Videos) "Airport, Alarcon"

Scope and Contents

This video features stitched together segments, which appear to be early edits for the documentary Mareilitos or  The Cuban Excludables. The footage begins with Ricardo Alarcón arriving in Cuba. He delivers a short public speech about illegal immigration to the United States and US policy toward Cuba. The remaining footage focuses on individuals attempting to travel to Florida from Cuba on rafts. Some of the footage repeats, and several portions contain voice over narration. Footage also features a brief interview segment with American diplomat Wayne Smith.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Betacam. Duration: 00:08:42.

1994 August 31
Box: 98 Dvd : ref1060 (Master dvd [31142063007135])
Box: 50 Cassette : ref1159 "Arrival to Cuba"

Scope and Content Note

This recording may be associated with either the Cuban Excludables or  Miami-Havana.

1994
Box: 92 Cassette : ref433 (Videos) "Balsero Iglesia Raul Suarez"

Historical/Biographical Note

Reverend Raul Suarez is the founder and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center in Havana. He was pastor of the Cuban Ebenezer Baptist Church from 1971-2005, and served for a time as president of the Council of Churches.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:20:00.

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Box: 81 Dvd : ref433 (Access dvd [31142062723617])
Box: 63 Cassette : ref1068 "Balsero Museum #49"
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Box: 50 Cassette : ref1167 "Balseros (rafters) US Coast Guard ABC News"

Scope and Content Note

This recording may be associated with either the Cuban Excludables or  Miami-Havana.

1991 November 7
Box: 50 Cassette : ref1169 "Bloque II"

Scope and Content Note

This recording may be associated with either the Cuban Excludables or  Miami-Havana.

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Box: 92 Cassette : ref387 (Videos) "Brazil"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:22:00.

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Box: 80 Dvd : ref387 (Access dvd [31142062723609])
Box: 59 Cassette : ref1358 "Brazil Football"
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Box: 66 Cassette : ref1321 (Videos [31142063166212]) Bump: Widow of Luciano Nieves; Felipe Rivero; Bryan O. Walsh; and Various Films

Historical/Biographical Note

Filipe Rivero was a Cuban exile who participated involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion and anti-Castro political activism in Miami.

Scope and Content Note

This video features three interviews and a series of video clips recorded from television programs. The first interview features the widow of Cuban pacifist Luciano Nieves. She discusses her husband's assassination, and describes him as a pioneer for calling for improved relations between the US and Cuba in the 1970s. The second interview features anti-Castro political activist Felipe Rivero. Rivero discusses his involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion and addresses criticism about members of his movement who have been charged with or convicted of terrorism. He specifically discusses members of his organization who were convicted for the assassination of Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier. The third interview features Miami priest Father Bryan Walsh. Walsh discusses his role in sponsoring Cuban children traveling to the US without their parents between 1960 and 1962, and the US government's role in supporting that work. The final 30 minutes to the tape feature assorted clips recorded from television. Video and audio quality is very poor and the bulk of the content on the second half of this tape is difficult to view.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 01:02:31.

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Box: 98 Dvd : ref1321 (Access dvd [31142063007135])
Box: 49 Cassette : ref1395 "Carnavales de Estela Bravo"
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Box: 87 Cassette : ref590 (Videos) "Cuba Central Puerto Artemisa"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:22:00.

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Box: 82 Dvd : ref590 (Access dvd [31142062723625])
Box: Electronic Records Folder : TW_TAM_616_ER_12 Documentary List and Trailer

Documentary List and Trailer   TW_TAM_616_ER_12

2014
Box: Electronic Records Folder : TW_TAM_616_ER_13 Estela and Ernesto Bravo Interview

Estela and Ernesto Bravo Interview   TW_TAM_616_ER_13

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Box: 94 Cassette : ref826 (Videos) Fajardo, Panchita: footage; Create the Future film

Historical/Biographical Note

Dr. Francisca Rivera Arocha, also known as Panchita Fajardo, was one of the early female physicians in Cuba. Her son, Major Manuel 'Piti' Fajardo Rivera, was also a physician. He was killed during the Revolution; her daughter-in-law was a professor of medicine who worked with Ernesto Bravo.

Scope and Content Note

The first approximately 12 minutes involve Panchita Fajardo. The footage features discussions between Estela Bravo and Fajardo, as well as moments with Raul and Fidel Castro, and Carlos Rafael Rodriguez.

The next part begins with Fidel Castro speaking about energy. The clip is followed by a short film produced by the Atomic Energy Commission of Cuba titled Create the Future, which runs from 00:13:45 - 00:26:00. The film is in Spanish.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Betacam. Duration: 00:27:00.

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Box: 83 Dvd : ref826 (Access dvd [31142062673127])
Box: 43 Cassette : ref830 (Videos) Footage: Rally Against United States Intervention in El Salvador

Scope and Contents

This video features footage of a rally in the United States protesting the US Government's intervention in El Salvador. The footage begins with a brief interview of a couple from Argentina, who discuss their imprisonment by the Argentinian government for political activism and discuss Argentina's support of the military junta in El Salvador. The footage features other interviews with members of the crowd about their reasons for participating in the rally. Speakers at the rally can be heard off camera, but are not filmed. This footage does not appear to be filmed by Estela Bravo.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:14:01


circa 1990
Box: 95 Dvd : ref830 (Access dvd [31142062673168])
Box: 60 Cassette : ref1382 (Videos) House on Aguila Street: Interview with Dina, Mercedes, and Ramon

Scope and Contents

This video features an interview with three Cuban youths and their neighbor. The neighbor begins by explaining that the children were abandoned by their mother in 1980, when she left Cuba for the United States in the Mariel Boatlift. The eldest daughter explains that she was 11 years old at the time, and she and her siblings did not know how to care for themselves. They explains that they were able to survive with financial support from the government, and assistance from their neighbor who tried to help them as much as she could. At the time the interview was recorded in 1991, the family had not been able to locate their mother, and they did not know if she was still living.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Betacam. Duration: 00:26:49.

1992 March 1
Box: 98 Dvd : ref1382 (Access dvd [31142063007135])
Box: 87 Cassette : ref588 (Videos) Interview on anti-Castro Terrorism

Scope and Content Note

This video begins with stills of a wedding, and the remainder is footage is a young man speaking in Spanish. He talks about attacks and assassinations carried out by far-right-wing, anti-Castro terrorist groups, mentioning a bombing of the Cuban Mission to the UN carried out by a New Jersey-based group Omega 7. He also speaks about the larger context of these groups and discusses the assassinations of Orlando Letelier, Carlos Muniz, and Eulalio Negrin. He describes the origin of these organizations and suggests that many of their actions are motivated by anti-Castro propaganda from the United States.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:22:00.

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Box: 82 Dvd : ref588 (Access dvd [31142062723625])
Box: 70 Cassette : ref931 (Videos [31142063166253]) Interview with Dominicans, End of Interview ("Car, Children, Nothing Special" ) B roll

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Betacam. Duration: 00:03:13.

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Box: 85 Dvd : ref931 (Access dvd [31142062673143])
Box: 87 Cassette : ref594 (Videos) Interview re: FARC

Scope and Content Note

This is an interview (in Spanish) with Raul Herrera or Viera, a FARC member, who discusses the history of the organization and its goals, as well as its view of US imperialism and US policies in Latin America after the Cuban Revolution. He talks about guerilla movements and the use of violence, and about a war for peace and social and economic reform. He also speaks about Camilo Torres as a hero in Colombia.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:23:00.

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Box: 82 Dvd : ref594 (Access dvd [31142062723625])
Box: 60 Cassette : ref1349 (Videos) Interviews on the Streets of Havana (On the corner of H and 21st streets)

Scope and Contents

This video features on-the-street interviews with people in Havana discussing families divided between the United States and Cuba. A small portion of the interviewees discuss their family members who are in the United States and the difficulty of reconnecting them. They discuss the difficulty of obtaining visas to see their family in the US, and the pain of family separation. The majority of the people featured in the video, however, state that they do not have family abroad and talk generally about their pride as Cubans and their desire to stay in their country. Others discuss their opposition to the US blockade and US policy toward Cuba.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Betacam. Duration: 00:26:38.

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Box: 98 Dvd : ref1349 (Access dvd [31142063007135])
Box: 60 Cassette : ref1376 (Videos) Footage: Mandela Honorary Degree

Scope and Contents

This video features footage of Nelson Mandela receiving an honorary doctorate at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. The video begins with footage of Mandela's plane landing, and shows several important Jamaican officials greeting him as he disembarks from the plane. The video then shows footage to the ceremony where Mandela receives the honorary degree. It features a speaker who presents the award, but does not include footage of a speech by Mandela.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Betacam. Duration: 00:17:22.

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Box: 98 Dvd : ref1376 (Access dvd [31142063007135])
Box: 91 Cassette : ref368 (Videos) Labrandero, Daniel - Event footage

Historical/Biographical Note

Daniel Labrandero was born in Spain and was a former Loyalist who fought against Franco in the Spanish Civil War. He subsequently was killed in Cuba in the fighting against Batista.

Scope and Content Note

Fidel speaks at a commemoration attended by Cuban veterans of the Spanish Civil War.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:21:48.

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Box: 80 Dvd : ref368 (Access dvd [31142062723609])
Box: 59 Cassette : ref1339 "Madre de Tato"
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Box: 65 Cassette : ref1318 Mandela, Nelson

Scope and Content Note

This film contains newsreel footage, most likely of Nelson Mandela in Cuba.

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Box: 94 Cassette : ref753 (Videos) Mandela, Nelson: Footage of inauguration (Fidel Castro attends)

Scope and Content Note

This footage includes much of Nelson Mandela's inauguration, including arrival of dignitaries such as Al and Tipper Gore, Jesse Jackson, and Fidel Castro. The footage shows Mandela taking an oath and several speeches related to the inauguration. At the very end there is a brief clip of a ball game and a news clip from Lima.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 01:01:00

1994
Box: 83 Dvd : ref753 (Access dvd [31142062673127])
Box: 94 Cassette : ref835 (Videos) Mandela news clips, release from prison

Scope and Content Note

Contains news clips from CNN, ABC, and several other news sources. They mostly relate to Nelson Mandela's release from prison. This video contains duplicated content from other videos.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:50:54.

1990 February
Box: 83 Dvd : ref835 (Access dvd [31142062673127])
Box: 42 Cassette : ref757 (Videos) "Mandela Parlamento"

Scope and Content Note

This brief footage appears to concern the Mandela government in South Africa. There is a press conference in Cape Town and off-air recordings from Cuban TV. The sound is inconsistent.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:08:00.

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Box: 83 Dvd : ref757 (Access dvd [31142062673127])
Box: 39 Cassette : ref805 "McNamara Speaks, Jorge Risquet, Wayne Smith"
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Box: 67 Cassette : ref1329 "Mexico (Mex 1)"

Scope and Content Note

This video contains footage of the aftermath of an earthquake in Mexico. Footage does not appear in any of Bravo's released films to date.

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Box: 59 Cassette : ref1328 "Mexico (Mex 4)"

Scope and Content Note

This video contains footage of the aftermath of an earthquake in Mexico. Footage does not appear in any of Bravo's released films to date.

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Box: 66 Cassette : ref1356 "Miami-Havana - English; Flotilla - English"

Scope and Content Note

This video may contain footage from both Miami-Havana and  Flotilla to Cuba.

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Box: 94 Cassette : ref766 (Videos) Prestes, Luis Carlos: Interview

Historical/Biographical Note

Luis Carlos Prestes (1898-1990) was a Brazilian revolutionary. He led rebels on a three-year trek (beginning in 1924) through the interior of Brazil in an attempt to spark a rebellion in the countryside. The attempt failed, but he became a romantic figure in Brazil and went on to lead the Brazilian Communist Party. He was imprisoned after a 1935 uprising, but released after World War II, and served for a short time as a senator.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:21:29.

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Box: 83 Dvd : ref766 (Access dvd [31142062673127])
Box: 5 Cassette : ref769 (Videos) Prestes, Luis Carlos: Interview (brief) and Brazil footage

Scope and Content Note

This tape includes footage shot in Brazil, including a short clip of Estela Bravo interviewing Luis Carlos Prestes. The picture quality is poor and there is a constant hum that interferes with the sound. It is, however, viewable and understandable.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:05:00.

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Box: 83 Dvd : ref769 (Access dvd [31142062673127])
Box: 59 Cassette : ref1350 (Videos) Rosenberg Children

Scope and Contents

This video begins with an interview Estela Bravo recorded with the sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Michael and Robert Meeropol and their families. The footage was recorded in Springfield, MA on the 25th anniversary of the Rosenberg's death for a Cuban television program. Bravo asks the Meeropols about their travel to Cuba and their impressions of the country. Much of the video on this recording is in poor condition, and in many places only the audio is available. The children of Michael and Robert Meeropol discuss their visit to Cuba and describe their understanding of how their grandparents died. At the end of the segment the family sings the Cuban folk song "Guantanamera." Beginning at minute 12:00 the video changes to various clips from Cuban television programs. Many of these clips contain no audio. The second half of the video features a boxing match.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:54:26.

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Box: 98 Dvd : ref1350 (Access dvd [31142063007135])
Box: 60 Cassette : ref1352 (Videos) Rosenberg Case

Scope and Contents

This video features a television program on the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. It begins with a brief interview with their sons Robert and Michael Meeropol who talk about their parents and the loss they still feel many years after their deaths. The program, which initially aired in 1974, details the legal efforts to grant the Rosenbergs clemency or a stay of execution. The program then provides an update, recorded in 1978, which reviews government documents and questions the impartiality of judge Kaufman, who sentenced the Rosenbergs to death.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:28:48.

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Box: 98 Dvd : ref1352 (Access dvd [31142063007135])
Box: 42 Cassette : ref756 Theodrakis, Mikis: Interview

Historical/Biographical Note

Mikis Theodrakis is a famous Greek composer and supporter of Cuba/Castro. He has been a member of the Greek parliament and a government minister, as well as a spokesman for left-liberal causes and against repressive Greek regimes. This interview is not associated with one of Bravo's documentaries.

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Box: 93 Cassette : ref654 (Videos) Various clips: "Mandela"

Scope and Content Note

The footage is varied, beginning with some clips from Nelson Mandela's inauguration along with some associated news coverage. This is followed by an interview fragment with an unidentified interviewee. Starting at 00:08:30 the video focuses on an American group being recognized as part of the Friendshipment program. It includes a speech by a Cuban dignitary, and then the awarding of medals to each of the Americans.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Umatic. Duration: 00:21:00.

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Box: 83 Dvd : ref654 (Access dvd [31142062673127])
Box: 59 Cassette : ref1351 "Cuban terrorists Santana"
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Box: 47 Cassette : ref1069 (Videos) Noticias 23: Orlando Bosch Sells Lemons, and Crowd Destroys Veronica Castro's Star

Scope and Content Note

This video features two short segments from the Miami news program Noticias 23. The first features Cuban counter-revolutionary Orlando Bosch selling lemons to supporters in the Miami area. The second features a 1991 report on the destruction of Mexican actress Veronica Castro's star on the Calle Ocho "Walk of Fame" after residents of Miami protested her visit to Cuba.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original Format: Betacam. Duration: 00:04:36.

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Box: 98 Dvd : ref1069 (Access dvd [31142063007135])

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