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LA mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti sponsors Cuba propaganda event

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti, a candidate for Mayor is endorsed by the LA Times, La Opinión, a long list of activist and labor organizations, politicians, entertainment industry professionals, and the California Director of Obama’s re-election campaign.

It’s one thing when Sean Penn, a private citizen supports brutal dictators, but quite another when an elected official of a free and democratic society does so. As an elected official, voters assume Mr. Garcetti adheres to the City's Code of Ethics and supports the U.S and California Constitutions. We also assume that he supports human rights and the rule of law, both absent in Cuba. So why is he sponsoring a propaganda event for a brutal totalitarian dictator? Is this who we want heading Los Angeles City Government?

WIF ANNOUNCES CUBAN FILMMAKER SHOWCASE 2013
Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00

For Immediate Release

FOUR CUBAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE THEIR FILMS IN THE U.S. WITH THE SUPPORT OF WOMEN IN FILM INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE, CUBAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS MEDIATHEQUE and ICAIC (INSTITUTO CUBANO DEL ARTE E INDUSTRIA CINEMATOGRAFICOS)
The Tri-City Screenings are an unprecedented cultural and professional exchange between Cuban and U.S. Film Communities

(Los Angeles: March 6–12 - New York: March 13–17 - Miami: March 18–25)

Los Angeles, CA, February 19, 2013…. The Women In Film International Committee, the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC) and the American Cinematheque, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, New York Women In Film & Television, MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center,Women Make Movies, Miami Beach Cinematheque, and Coral Gables Art Cinema, will showcase a selection of short, documentary and feature films directed by Cuban women. The Showcase includes presentations at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Brooks Institute and Miami International University of Art & Design.

The Cuban women participating in the U.S. Showcase represent the island’s preeminent female directors, writers and actors. They are award-winning filmmaker and head of the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, Marina Ochoa; award-winning Afro-Cuban documentary filmmaker, Gloria Rolando; award-winning feature filmmaker Milena Almira and one of Cuba’s most internationally acclaimed film and theater actresses, Claudia Rojas.

Honorary hosts include: Annette Bening, Laura Bickford, Jackson Browne, Lisa Cholodenko, Isabel Cueva, Benicio Del Toro, Hector Elizondo, Naomi Foner, Brad Horwitz, Penny Marshall, Mike and Irena Medavoy, Rick Nicita and Paula Wagner, Sean Penn, Shervin and Anahita Pishevar, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Sarandon and Andy Spahn.

Sponsors include Shangri-La Entertainment, Sean Penn, the Shervin & Ana Pishevar Foundation, Brad Horwitz, Cuba Travel Services, SDI Media Group, Aris Anagnos, Hector Elizondo, Harvey Vechery, Councilmember Eric Garcetti, www.cubanow.net, and other generous individuals. KPFK Radio is a media sponsor for Los Angeles.
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