In 'Curtain of Water', photographer Joe Guerriero sets out to make sense of the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba. Through conversations with people from all walks of life, in and outside of Cuba, he tries to shed light on the political and human sides of this conflict.
A professional photographer for more than three decades, my work has appeared in many publications
including Sports Illustrated. I have completed international documentary photography projects in Pakistan,
Turkey, and Cuba. In addition to being an adjunct faculty member at a Community College, my work has
been featured at several national galleries. I have completed one short film from Cuba, Santeria: Life in
the Religion that was presented at Lehigh University Art Galleries in 2005 as well as at The Society for
Photographic Education Conference in Philadelphia in 2010. This is my first feature documentary film.
Roberto Francesco Musco-------Executive Producer/Writer
Received his graduate degree from New York University's School of the Arts Theater Design program. In 1991, after working for many years as a technician in theater, film, and television, Mr. Musco moved to Barcelona, Spain, where he taught English as a Foreign Language. He later worked as a translator for an international business consulting company, and finally opened his own business.
He returned to the U.S. in 2002, and currently teaches Spanish at the high school level in Connecticut, while working part-time as a medical interpreter with Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Drew holds a masters degree from the New School in film and media studies and works as a freelance video editor, producer, and photographer in New York City. He’s worked for National Geographic Television, The Sundance Channel, and HBO.
“Telón de agua,” also titled “Curtain of Water” (an allusion to the legendary Iron Curtain that isolated the ex-Soviet communist states), is photographer Joe Guerriero’s personal quest to make sense of the United States’ trade embargo on Cuba. After several photographic trips to the island nation, during which he developed a deep connection to the people he met, Guerriero felt the need to understand this policy, still in force 53 years after the Cuban revolution. The embargo, known in Cuba as the “bloqueo,” or blockade, is seen by some as an outdated act of reprisal, and by others as a necessary reaction to signal the U.S. rejection of the revolutionary government’s Marxist ideology. In this documentary, Guerriero asks about the reasons for the embargo and tries to identify the opposing interests of the two countries, while also showing its effects on the Cuban people. He presents conversations with Cuban exiles and American activists in the U.S. and personal reflections of everyday Cubans caught in a situation of acute material and cultural privation, to shed light on the political and the human side of this conflict.
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Film screening schedule
February 1, 1:00 pm WNET THIRTEEN, NYC www.wliw.org/schedule/
February 4, 4:30 am WNET THIRTEEN, NYC
February 7, 11:30 am The College of New Jersey tcnjcenterforthearts.pages.tcnj.edu/brown-bag-series/
February 9, 11:00 pm WLIW, Long Island, NY www.wliw.org/schedule/
April 6, 1:00 pm Cinema 320 at Clark University, Worchester, MA www.cinema320.com/
May, Date TBD, Chicago Cuba Film Fesitval