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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 XXV: Those Who Left, 1980-1981

Scope and Content Note

Those Who Left (  Los Que Se Fueron) is a 58-minute documentary released in 1980 about Cubans who left their country after the 1959 revolution to live in the United States. In the documentary, Estela Bravo sheds light on major events in the history of US-Cuba relations including Operation Peter Pan and the Mariel Boatlift. The documentary also features interviews with Cuban Americans in favor of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba, and others who support the overthrow of the communist government in Cuba. This series contains interviews with individuals featured in the documentary, footage of immigration workers, and incomplete portions of the documentary, and an early version of the film, which was originally called  El Dialogo.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Reel: ref2173 Those Who Left
1980
Box: 35 Cassette : ref772 (Videos) Casal, Lourdes: Interview (also other footage)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Historical/Biographical Note

Lourdes Casal (1938-1981) was a Cuban poet, sociologist, and activist. She participated in anti-Batista activities in college, but later left Cuba following the revolution. She moved to New York City in 1962, where she attended the New School and received a PhD in Social Psychology. In 1969 she founded the Institute of Cuban Studies. She later returned to Cuba on a number of occasions. On a trip to Cuba in 1979, her health deteriorated and she decided to stay, dying there in 1981.

Scope and Content Note

The footage begins with Estela Bravo speaking with several people, then some scenes of group dancing, followed at about 00:01:20, by an interview with Lourdes Casal that lasts for about 17 minutes. At the end is a brief black and white clip with Spanish narration at what appears to be an old building with commemorative signs.

circa 1980
Box: 83 Dvd : ref772 (Access dvd)
Box: 35 Cassette : ref773 (Videos) Casal, Lourdes: Interview (brief)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:09:00.

Scope and Content Note

This brief footage includes about four minutes of an interview with Lourdes Casal. The rest is footage of a march with Estela Bravo speaking to participants. The quality of this footage is poor but it is viewable.

circa 1980
Box: 83 Dvd : ref773 (Access dvd)
Box: 35 Cassette : ref777 (Videos) Casal, Lourdes: Event (with additional footage)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:09:00.

Scope and Content Note

The first portion of the tape appears to be the ending of an event honoring Lourdes Casal. The event features a speech about Casal, which is followed by long applause.

The remainder of the footage is of Estela Bravo and seven young people who represent a group who left Cuba but returned as volunteers for construction projects. Bravo asks a few questions, but mostly the volunteers speak. The sound and image quality are poor, but the footage is viewable.

1980
Box: 83 Dvd : ref777 (Access dvd)
Box: 59 Cassette : ref1353 Casal, Lourdes
circa 1980
Box: 60 Cassette : ref1359 "Catholic Center"
1980
Box: 60 Cassette : ref1354 "Cubans in New York"

Scope and Content Note

Contains interviews of individuals featured in Those Who Left interviewed one year later.

1981 April-May
Box: 55 Cassette : ref1285 "Dialogo R1 Those Who Left"
circa 1980
Box: 55 Cassette : ref1284 "El Dialogo Early Version of Those Who Left"
circa 1980
Box: 37 Cassette : ref789 "Free Havana (Havana Libre) 2 Outside Immigration"
circa 1980
Box: 37 Cassette : ref794 "Free Havana (Havana Libre) 1 Common people's opinion"
circa 1980
Box: 37 Cassette : ref789 (Videos) Footage: Carlos Muniz and interviews with Cuban Immigration staff

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Historical/Biographical Note

Carlos Muniz Varela (1953-1979), along with his sister, was sent from Cuba to the United States in 1961 as a part of Operation Peter Pan. He later became an outspoken activist in favor of normalization between the United States and Cuba. On April 28, 1979, Muniz was ambushed while driving in San Juan, Puerto Rico and shot several times, most likely by individuals from a counterrevolutionary organization.

Scope and Content Note

The first eight minutes are old black and white footage telling the story of Carlos Muniz. There is no sound. This is followed by Estela Bravo interviewing a room of women in uniform. They are from the Cuban Immigration Department. The final few minutes appear to involve working men outside. There is a line of people waiting to obtain passports. All of the footage is in Spanish.

circa 1980
Box: 83 Dvd : ref789 (Access dvd)
Box: 75 Dvd : ref3 (Access dvd) Footage including events and interviews

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original format Umatic. Access DVD Runtime: 00:10:20.

1980
Box: 89 Cassette : ref3 (Videos)
Box: Electronic Records Folder : TW_TAM_616_ER_14 Interview with Estela Bravo

Interview with Estela Bravo   TW_TAM_616_ER_14

circa 1980
Box: 34 Cassette : ref694 "Mariel Flotilla (Those Who Left)"
circa 1980
Box: 55 Cassette : ref1269 Los Que Se Fueron (  Those Who Left) (Could be full-length feature... DV#1)
circa 1980
Box: 55 Cassette : ref1282 Los Que Se Fueron 1st Part
circa 1980
Box: 57 Cassette : ref1303 "Los Que Se Fueron"
circa 1980
Box: 24 Cassette : ref474 "Los que se Fueron"
circa 1980
Box: 45 Cassette : ref980 "Those Who Left #1"
circa 1980
Box: 45 Cassette : ref981 Those Who Left 2nd Part
circa 1980
Box: 55 Cassette : ref1277 "Those Who Left"
circa 1980
Box: 58 Cassette : ref1331 "Those Who Left Historical Footage with Sound #2"
circa 1980

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