Research! Research! Research!

It’s week three in our Producing the Documentary class, and the focus is research. We’ve been immersing ourselves in Cuba’s history, culture, politics and geography. It’s vita; to dig in before visiting a new country to be sure you’re prepared, to avoid logistical pitfalls and be open and ready for encounters with interesting people and places.

From its architecture and restoration efforts, to the Cayo Hueso neighborhood and Botanical Gardens, Cuba has a rich history and we plan to explore as much of it as possible.

On Tuesday night we started our research presentations with a deep historical timeline about the history of Cuba, its relationship with the US and its journey to becoming a communist country. The BBC shows a chronological timeline of Cuban history from 1492 until July 2015 that can be viewed here.

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As shown in the timeline, things are continuously changing so it’s important to stay up-to-date with those changes by doing research, paying attention to the news and getting feedback from others you may know who live in the area or who have recently visited.

Tonight we Skyped with two individuals who are no strangers to visiting Cuba.

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Daniel Whittle is the Senior Attorney and Director of the Cuba Program. He has made more than 70 trips to Cuba since 2000. He specializes in US environmental law and policy, Cuban marine and coastal resources law and policy, rights-based fisheries management, marine protected areas and international government relations. See more here.

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Erica Goode is a Environmental Reporter for the NY Times who wrote stories about Cuba’s environmental challenges. You can check out her work here.

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We have a lot of work to do in preparation for our trip so check back for more updates.

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