Salesmen of Old Havana

I found this interesting and revealing documentary about Cuba on Youtube. It’s called Salesmen of Old Havana and it follows three old men who make a living selling copies of Granma and Juventud Rebelde, along with other Revolutionary paraphernalia to tourists in Old Havana. Though they claim to be died-in-the-wool Revolutionaries and fidelistas we learn during the course of the documentary that what they do isn’t legal. They have to go to newsstands and buy 2 copies of the newspaper (all they are allowed to buy) and make the line several times and get others to buy copies on their behalf. Then they can take a walk and peddle their wares. In the film they talk about how terrible life was before the Revolution and then you get to see how “wonderful” their lives are now.
The most revealing segment is part 2.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Related note: Similar slice of life in the L.A. Times. The author however is an idiot that doesn’t understand that the terrible living conditions she describes are NOT the product of the idiotic dual currency system in Cuba that’s only been around for 4 year, but rather the thousands of idiotic policies that have been put in place since 1959.

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  1. In the film they talk about how terrible life was before the Revolution and then you get to see how “wonderful” their lives are now.
    parece que son masoquistas , no se

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