Cuba: Facts and Myths
Victor Andres Triay, PhD., is a novelist and historian. The Miami Herald referred to him as “a significant researcher of Cuban exile history.” Born and raised in Miami to Cuban exile parents.
Victor’s first book, Fleeing Castro: Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children’s Program, was published by the University Press of Florida in 1998. Fleeing Castro was the first book length historical work on the topic. Three years later he published, again with the University Press of Florida, Bay of Pigs: An Oral History of Brigade 2506, a historical account of the Bay of Pigs invasion told through the eyes of the exile invasion force. In 2005 he co-authored, with Teo Babun, The Cuban Revolution: Years of Promise, a photographic history of Fidel Castro’s war against Fulgencio Batista, Castro’s assumption of power, and his establishment of a Stalinist dictatorship in Cuba. Victor recently released his first major work of historical fiction, a series entitled The Unbroken Circle. Book I, The Struggle Begins, was released in July 2013. Book II, Freedom Betrayed, was released in January 2014. Book III, On Freedom’s Shores, will be released in mid-2014
Victor is a resident of Middletown, Connecticut, where he lives with his wife, Emilia, and three children, Victor Andres, Jr., Gabriela Elena, and Francisco Xavier.
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Julia Torres, a Gulf War Vet, former undercover cop & author of “Still Standing” and “Bolder & Braver” Worked in Grand Jury cases, extradition, juvenile, and pre-trial. Narcotics, gambling, organized crime, and major crimes in local, state, and federal levels. Retired after twelve years due to a military service-connected injury.
Miami Police Chief Nelson Andreu Sr. Author of a Miami murder mystery novel, “Dead Red” Nelson specializes in death investigations, police related shootings and in-custody deaths, polygraph examination, interviews and interrogations, crime scene investigation, police procedures, and serial killers.
Master Trooper, Lester Burns, retired after a 30 year career with two wars in Iraq as a soldier. Lester Burns responsibilities varied from traffic, vehicular accidents, homicide and fugitive cases. As a trooper, Burns has survived two police shootings
Lieutenant Nitin Daniels, from West New York, NJ. Police Department. Lt. Daniel’s worked patrol, investigations in the detective bureau and supervised units. Daniels was involved in local, state, and federal cases involving narcotics, gambling, and organized crime. Lieutenant Nitin Daniels retired after twenty-five years of service
Mike “In the Night” Triay (1964 – December 9, 2012) whose parents were Cuban, was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and came to Miami with his family in the late 1970s. He started working as a disc jockey at a Spanish-language station in Miami while he was in his late teens. Mike was a member of the Bayside Boys, a trio of producers who remixed and popularized the English-language version of the “Macarena” by Los del Río and his remix, known as “Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix),” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1996 and remained at the top of the chart for fourteen weeks.
Mike had become a great friend of the show and is sorely missed.
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Co Hosting: Monica Rosales, Executive Director of DocMiami.org
Eloy Cepero is an avid music collector, historian, and TV and radio show host. His top rated “Grandes Leyendas Musicales” (Great Musical Legends) has aired nerly 200 shows on three different local tv stations. For the past 5 years, he has been hosting a radio show by the same name on WWFE, La Poderosa, Saturdays from 12 to 1 PM which, to date, has aired over 250 radio shows.
Since 2008, at the University of Miami Institute of Cuban and Cuban American Studies (ICCAS), Eloy heads a living history project, also named “Grandes Leyendas Musicales”, where once a month he interviews important figures of Cuban music before a live audience, about their lives, experiences and contribution to music. These interviews are preserved both at ICCAS and the Cuban Heritage Collection of the University of Miami for future use by anyone wanting to research the music, musicians and times.
His first published book, “Cuba 1902 – 1962, a Journey Through Postcards” was a best seller and was followed by “Cuba 1898 – 1915, a Journey Through Postcards”. His latest book “Tales of a Cuban Family from Bahia Honda to Iceland, Memories of a Pedro Pan,” has been well received and he recently collaborated with 30 other Cuban exiled writers, on “Cuba, an Epic Journey” depicting the rise of the Castro regime and the last 50 years of the Cuban exile in the U.S.
We’ll be discussing his latest work, “In Love With Bolero”
Co Host: Orestes Matacena.
Matacena has worked as an actor with high profile directors on films, television and commercials.
Orestes first ventured into films at the age of six when he worked as an actor in “The Life of Billy the Kid,” with a cast comprised only of children. The movie was shot at the Mercedes Sugar Mill in Matanzas, Cuba, where he lived with his parents. In the last few years, Orestes has expanded his versatility as a playwright and screenwriter. His writing encompasses a variety of styles: thrillers, dramas, comedies, horror and action-adventures. Five of the 23 screenplays he has written have been produced, and six more have been optioned.
Special Guest: Danilo de la Torre
Danilo is a Cuban born actor, aka Adora is a drag queen performer and Miami DJ, he is also part of the performance art group “Homocipian Art for Evolucion”. Trained as a classical dancer, Danilo began dancing professionally at age 17, he traveled to Paris, France to continue his dancing career.
In 1989 Danilo’s career took a turn towards the sunny City of Miami, in 1991 the persona Adora was born and since then, Adora aka Danilo De La Torre has been one of the most popular and sought after drag artist in Florida. Adora has been traveling nationally and internationally entertaining the public far and wide with her glamour, beauty and talent.
Co Host: Monica Rosales, executive Director of DocMiami.
Ida Hendel She was a child prodigy. At 4, she began formal studies with Miecyzslaw Michalowicz at the Warsaw Conservatory, where she won its gold medal in 1933. She then pursued training in Paris and London with Flesch and Enesco. She attracted notice in London when she appeared as soloist in the Brahms Concerto under Sir Henry Wood’s direction at a Proms concert. During World War II, she gave many concerts for Allied troops. Her career was the subject of the CBC-TV documentary IDA HAENDEL: A VOYAGE OF MUSIC in 1988.
And Giselle Brodsky the founder, director and chief artistic advisor of Patrons of Exceptional Artists, Inc. a foundation dedicated to the support of exceptionally gifted performing artists. She is also the co-founder and artistic director of the Miami International Piano Festival where she oversees all music events. Her track record for finding and presenting exceptional artists has been impressive and she is widely recognized as an authority figure in the field of classical musical.
Beginning February through May, Sugar Sand Park will welcome this one-of-a-kind documentary film festival experience. Tickets are $5.00 per film and can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box Office at Sugar Sand Park at 561-347-3948, or online. Each film begins at 7:00 pm, and the films are not yet rated, so adult supervision is required. To learn more about DocMiami International Film Festival, visit www.docmiami.org.
Huber Matos (26 November 1918 – 27 February 2014) was a Cuban dissident activist and writer. Previously, he had been a revolutionary who assisted Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and other members of the 26th of July Movement (M-26-7) in successfully overthrowing the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista as part of the Cuban Revolution. Matos had opposed Batista since the general’s effective coup in 1952, which he regarded as unconstitutional, but became increasingly critical of the movement’s shift towards Marxist principles, and closening ties with leaders of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). Convicted of “treason and sedition” by the new Castro regime, he would spend 20 years in prison (1959–1979) before being released in 1979.
Celebrating Life in Union, narrated by Andy Garcia is a one-hour documentary about a group of cuban former political prisoners who fought with Fidel Castro, and later after Huber Matos, the third high ranking officer of the Fidel Castro revolution resigned, these men fought against Fidel Castro and were jailed, abuse and tortured.
Producer of Celebrating Life in Union, Gladys Bensimon shares the similarities of what occured in Cuba 1959 and the atrocieties the Venezuelan people are undergoing right now.
Ana Margarita Martinez
Ana Margarita Martinez was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. as a child. She was a divorced mother of two young children in suburban Miami when she was courted and wed by a Cuban spy. This is a story of love and betrayal, espionage and murder.
Ana Margarita Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States at the age of six with her mother and grandmother in 1966 during the Freedom Flights Exodus. She was just another Cuban-American working mother and wife when her entire world crashed in 1996 after her husband turned up in Cuba just two days after the Cuban government shot down two civilian planes and killing four volunteer pilots and co-pilots in a Brothers to the Rescue search and rescue mission – an organization of which her husband, a Cuban MiG pilot who had reportedly defected from Cuba, had been a member. Juan Pablo Roque’s marriage to her had been part of his cover – and a sham, making Ana Margarita and her children a part of the machiavellic espionage plan. She was suddenly thrust into the public limelight and consequently became active in the Cuban pro-democracy cause and politics. Her marriage to Roque was annulled in a civil court of law.
Three years after Roque returned to Cuba, Ana Margarita won two judgments against the Cuban government – $7,175 million in personal damages and $20 million in punitive damages, for the rogue government’s role in the fraud. The debt is still unpaid. In her personal battle against the Cuban government, Ana Margarita has seized three Cuban airplanes that have arrived at U.S. territory as partial payment to her judgment. Her story has circulated the globe on such programs as ABC’s 20/20; Good Morning America, CBS’s 60 Minutes; Inside Edition; The Leeza Gibbons Show; Court TV; Univision Network’s Aqui y Ahora and many more, as well as in articles published in Time magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, The London Guardian, People Magazine, Discovery ID and Lifetime Television, just to name a few.
In February of 2010, lawyers for Ana Margarita filed motions to garnish eight charter companies that do business with the Cuban government in order to collect the legal debt ordered by a circuit court judge. The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in court in defense of the Cuban government.
Ana Margarita still lives in a Miami suburb, but in a different home. She lives close to her daughter and ten-year-old grandson (her son lives out of state) and works as a public relations consultant, specializing in Hispanic media and outreach as well as English-language marketing. There is a book about her story in Spanish that only scratches the surface. A feature film and a fuller, deeper book are in the works.
Story featured following publications:
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
Victor Cegarra works with a variety of artists, musicians, recording, performing in concerts at small and large venues in the USA as well as abroad. Born in Venezuela, at the age of 7, Victor studied the “cuatro” (a Venezuelan guitar with only 4 strings) Later, he studied guitar basics for some time and moved on to his first piano lessons at the age of 9. At age 13 he went yet to Lino Gallardo National Conservatory of Music to study complementary piano. Once in college, his piano instructors, Olegario Diaz and Marcus Vinicio da Fonceca introduced Cegarra to jazz and Brazilian music. Other Latin styles were self-taught as he was an avid listener of salsa, cumbia, merenge and other popular genres. The next few years Victor became involved with other musicians and performed a variety of styles ranging from American Pop, Latin, and Jazz. After performing, recording, and some light touring, he shared his knowledge of music by educating others. First, as a piano instructor for the Torrance Dept of Parks & Recreation, teaching children and adults. Later, as a regular Elementary School Teacher for the LA Unified School District where he has been teaching since July 1998. In June 2001 Cegarra obtained a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from The California State University at Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. In early 2003 he partnered with Gilberto Torres and released his first solo project a piano and flute duo, performing traditional Venezuelan tunes with influences of Jazz and Classical Styles called “Venezuela Desde Afuera” Today, you will find Victor Cegarra performing alongside well known and talented Cuban singer Candi Sosa, also with Gilberto Torres and other LA Musicians, performing in concerts, private events, clubs and restaurants while continuing to produce and record music at his home studio.