Fidel’s niece Mariela Castro, 53, is the most unlikely and most vocal advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights in Cuba.
All that in spite of being a straight married mother of three.
Castro met with filmmaker Rory Kennedy, the niece of the former President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, in Cuba after Jon Alpert released his HBO documentary “Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution.”
“It’s fine to criticize, but you also have to acknowledge that they’ve done good.”
“She has taken off a lot of the stigma for most people in the country, and she has made life so much better for so many gay people, not only in Havana, but in the provinces.”
Castro received financial support from both Norway and Belgium.
Until recently, the U.S. and Europe have shunned Cuba due to its dreadful human rights record.
Filmmaker Alpert created a 47-minute film which was attached to the unfinished, controversial 1968 movie “Fidel!” by the late filmmaker Saul Landau.
Landau wrote pro-Cuban films during a time of anti-Cuban sentiment in the U.S.
Alpert traveled with Castro four times to create the film, which completes the original work.
Kennedy was in Havana at the 37th International Festival Of New Latin American Cinema to promote her documentary “Ethel,” which is about her own mother’s life.
The festival promotes movies and documentaries by people all across the Americas.
HBO hosted the evening that celebrated Alpert’s new documentary, which shows Mariela Castro’s arrival as the “most prominent gay rights advocate in Cuba.”
The two descendants of these political giants met in central Havana for an “in-translation tête-à-tête at a dinner at the San Cristobalpaladar (private restaurant).”