Versailles Restaurant, The World’s Most Famous Cuban Restaurant, has been serving tasty Cuban cuisine and culture to the South Florida community and tourists from around the world for four decades. Soon after it opened its doors in 1971, Versailles quickly became the gathering place and unofficial town square for Miami’s Cuban exiles. Today, it remains the unrelenting gauge of the community’s pulse. Not surprisingly, Versailles is typically the first place politicians visit locally to garner support from the Cuban exile community, and the restaurant is equally a favorite among the media for gathering commentary and footage of the community’s take on social and political issues. It is not uncommon to see local, national and international media set up camp in Versailles’ parking lot, where they’re sure to get a flood of local viewpoints.
With Or Without Fidel is a groundbreaking documentary that features Cuba’s leading politicians, intellectuals and dissidents, who debate the future direction of the island’s 48 year-old revolution.
How do Cubans feel about their own identity and freedom of speech? For the first time, the people of Cuba question the values that western democracy holds sacred and the price Cubans have paid for their independence.
With Or Without Fidel is an extremely rare glimpse into the heart of Cuban society. While the BBC, CNN and other correspondents were expelled from the country, Rice N Peas Films were given unprecedented access to produce an honest portrayal of the island.
Filmed during the most precarious period in Cuba’s history, With or Without Fidel reveals the aspirations and vulnerabilities of a country on the brink of change.
29th June at 6.50 pm
Tricycle Cinema, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6. Box Office: 020 7372 6611
5th July at 7pm
Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, SW1X. Box Office: 020 7235 2303
12th July at 6.30pm
Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6. Box Office 020 8237 1111
DVD Available at www.ricenpeas.com from mid-July