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    February 22, 2012

    The response to my documentary film “Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba” has been overwhelmingly positive. From the screenings for organizers of the Sonoma Film Festival to individuals downloading the movie from this site, people continue to say that they love it.

    I think it’s much more than just the quality of the film. It has to be because so many non-cigar smokers who see the movie are impressed. They understand that it’s more than a documentary about cigar making on an island close to the shores of the United States (but far from the firsthand experience of most Americans). They appreciate the underlying message of the film, that the Cuban people with their passion for tobacco are what make Habanos so very special. In fact, it’s what makes Cuba special, regardless of politics.

    “Cigars: The Heart and Soul of Cuba” screened at the XXXIII Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano in Havana in Dec., and it is officially selected for the 2012 Sonoma Film Festival. A number of other film festivals have made enquires about it too.

    The movie is going to be shown in Havana next week during this year’s cigar festival to close to 1,000 participants. It’s now also subtitled in both Spanish and English, so when someone speaks English in the film it’s subtitled in Spanish, and vice versa.

    I will be in Havana for the cigar festival along with Hollywood director James Orr, who filmed, directed, wrote, and edited the movie. I am excited to see how viewers respond.


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