Ron Radosh writes on how the New York Times Promotes Fantasy Tours to Communist Cuba. Not the everyday reality, instead,
This is the Cuba that is reserved for well-off Western tourists.
And you’d have to be. If you go to travel websites or groups that have tours of Cuba scheduled, most will cost between $5000 to $7000 for less than a one-week trip.
You won’t be shown the truth about Cuba, you’ll get the “trendy” experience of a Potemkin village tour. You will be shepherded around the restored center of old Havana, restored tourist sites like Hemingway’s villa, and the Partagas tobacco factory. If you still need convincing about Cuba’s “New Cool,” you will meet with groups of Cubans who will make it appear that life is good and normal under the Castro brothers.
Of course, life is not wonderful for the majority of the Cuban people.
For an honest look at Cuba, watch the 2012 movie Una Noche. A commenter on IMBD writes:
The film reveals parts of the city not only unfilmed, but rarely accessed by outsidersbefore. As an energetic ride through one day and night in raw and gritty Havana, Una Noche captures the passion of its people, the despair in their lives, but also the love and laughter they share.
Take it away!
Here’s the trailer for Una Noche,
A must-watch for anyone who’s even remotely thinking of supporting the Communist regime by traveling to Cuba.