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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
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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 January 17, 2017
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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 "Acto monumento Rosenberg" (Rosenberg memorial ceremony)

Scope and Content Note

Annotations refer to Cuba's monument to the Rosenbergs.

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Box: 47 Cassette : ref1060 "Airport, Alarcon"
1994 August 31
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: 81 Dvd : ref433 (Access dvd) "Balsero Iglesia Raul Suarez"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime 00:20:00.

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.

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Box: 92 Cassette : ref433 (Videos)
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: 80 Dvd : ref387 (Access dvd) "Brazil"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:22:00.

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Box: 92 Cassette : ref387 (Videos)
Box: 59 Cassette : ref1358 "Brazil Football"
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Box: 66 Cassette : ref1321 "Bump' Tape - Various Films: Widow of Luciano Nieves; Felipe Rivero; Bryan O. Walsh

Historical/Biographical Note

Luciano Nieves was a Cuban exile living in the United States. In 1975, he was ambushed and murdered in the parking lot of Miami Children's Hospital, after visiting his 11-year-old son. Nieves had been speaking out in support of negotiations with the Cuban government.

Scope and Content Note

According to Bravo, this footage relates to several films, and includes footage of the widow of Luciano Nieves; Felipe Rivero, who participated involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion; and Father Bryan O'Walsh, the Catholic priest who conveyed 14,000 Cuban children to Miami in Operation Peter Pan.

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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. Access DVD Runtime: 00:22:00.

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

Documentary List and Trailer   TW_TAM_616_ER_12

2014
Box: 58 Cassette : ref1319 "Escoria" of Union City Interviews

Historical/Biographical Note

The term "escoria" refers to a statement made by Fidel Castro about Cuban exiles, comparing those who left to escoria (scum).

Scope and Content Note

This film contains interviews with individuals critical of Fidel Castro.

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Box: 55 Cassette : ref1276 Union City Interviews
1980
Box: 66 Cassette : ref1360 Union City Interviews

Scope and Content Note

Ad hoc interviews with Cubans recently arrived during the Mariel boatlift, in Union City, New Jersey.

circa 1980
Box: 34 Cassette : ref693 "Union City #2, AL's Hub Caps, Ricky in Apt and Drugs #1"
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Box: 49 Cassette : ref1392 "ESSAIS #1 - Missile - Wayne Smith"
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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: 41 Cassette : ref826 (Videos) Fajardo, Panchita: footage; Create the Future film

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Betacam. Access DVD Runtime: 00:27:00.

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.

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.

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Box: 83 Dvd : ref826 (Access dvd)
Box: 60 Cassette : ref1382 "House on Aguila Street Dina/Mercedes/Ramon"
1992 March 1
Box: 84 Dvd : ref588 (Access dvd) Interview concerning anti-Castro terrorism ("Ojo Importante")

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:22:00.

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.

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Box: 87 Cassette : ref588 (Videos)
Box: 82 Dvd : ref591 (Access dvd) Interview with Dominicans in New York City

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:21:21.

Scope and Content Note

This is footage of an on-the-street interview of three Dominicans. Estela Bravo speaks with them, in Spanish, about various topics including the Reagan administration and the experience of the Spanish-speaking population in New York. They are very critical of Reagan and his policies, which they call "anti-Latin." They talk about the economic recession in the United States, lack of representation, lack of support for poor communities, and the difficulty of uniting Latin Americans in the United States because they come from so many different countries. They address other concerns, including the difficulty of organizing for more rights because they are too busy working at low wage jobs. Bravo asks their opinions about American policies on Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras. They also discuss how the United States addresses problems such as drug addiction and violence.

circa 1980s
Box: 87 Cassette : ref591 (Videos)
Box: 70 Cassette : ref931 (Videos) Interview with Dominicans, End of Interview ("Car, Children, Nothing Special" ) B roll

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Betacam. Access DVD Runtime: 00:03:13.

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

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:23:00.

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.

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Box: 82 Dvd : ref594 (Access dvd)
Box: 60 Cassette : ref1349 Interviews with people on the streets of Havana (On the corner of H and 21st streets)
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Box: 60 Cassette : ref1376 "Jamaica University"
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Box: 91 Cassette : ref368 (Videos) Labrandero, Daniel - Event footage

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:21:48.

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.

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Box: 80 Dvd : ref368 (Access dvd)
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: 83 Dvd : ref753 (Access dvd) 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. Access DVD Runtime: 01:01:00

1994
Box: 42 Cassette : ref753 (Videos)
Box: 83 Dvd : ref835 (Access dvd) Mandela news clips, release from prison

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:50:54.

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.

1990 February
Box: 43 Cassette : ref835 (Videos)
Box: 83 Dvd : ref757 (Access dvd) "Mandela Parlamento"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:08:00.

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.

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Box: 42 Cassette : ref757 (Videos)
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: 35 Cassette : ref766 (Videos) Prestes, Luis Carlos: Interview

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:21:29.

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.

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Box: 83 Dvd : ref766 (Access dvd)
Box: 35 Cassette : ref769 (Videos) Prestes, Luis Carlos: Interview (brief) and Brazil footage

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:05:00.

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.

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Box: 83 Dvd : ref769 (Access dvd)
Box: 59 Cassette : ref1350 Rosenberg Children
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Box: 60 Cassette : ref1352 "Rosenberg "
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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: 83 Dvd : ref654 (Access dvd) Various clips: "Mandela"

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:21:00.

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.

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Box: 93 Cassette : ref654 (Videos)
Box: 59 Cassette : ref1351 "Cuban terrorists Santana"
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Box: 47 Cassette : ref1069 "Orlando Bosch sells lemons and angry crowd destroys Veronica Castro's star"

Scope and Content Note

According to Estela Bravo, this footage involves some anti-Castro actions against an actress. It is unclear whether footage of Orlando Bosch is present on the tape.

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