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Training to Teach: Little Known Stories

8th November, 2022, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Free – £8.00
Photograph of a woman with a finger over her mouth. She wears a blue top, a beaded necklace, bangles and a blue headscarf

A series of four short films telling the little known stories of the emergence of Cuba’s literacy campaign.

Training to Teach: Little Known Stories, Tuesday 8th November, 5.30 to 7pm, GWL, £0/2/4/6/8 – Pay what you can afford

Photograph of a woman with a finger over her mouth. She wears a blue top, a beaded necklace, bangles and a blue headscarfMagia López Cabrera / Lusmila Lamothe Lafargue

In Cuba, 1960, Fidel Castro summoned over 3000 young people to teach reading and writing to poor communities in rural eastern Cuba. Three contingents were quickly trained and mobilized – a prelude to the famous Literacy Campaign the following year.

In these fascinating short films, taken from a wider series of films, volunteer teachers who took part talk about their experiences, motivations, challenges and the social and political context of that exceptional time. 

These films are in Spanish with English subtitles. 

Introduced by, and followed with a Q&A with the filmmakers:

Magia López Cabrera, from Havana, Cuba, is one of the founders of the hip-hop duo OBSESION. She is an advocate of Afro-narratives through her art, music  and spoken word poetry. 

Lusmila Lamothe Lafargue is a young documentary filmmaker with an interest in dance. She works as a community manager for The Literacy Project and for the Cuban Hip Hop duo OBSESION. She has also worked as an English teacher for children and teenagers.




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This event will have BSL interpretation for the live discussion and closed captions for the film.

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8th November, 2022
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Free – £8.00
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267
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Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267