cuba life task

Coming Up! Glasgow Premiere

1 Nov 2021
University of Glasgow
8 Nov 2021
GFT - People's Summit
In 2017, the Cuban government approved the State Plan to Confront Climate Change, known as ‘Tarea Vida’ (Life Task). As a small Caribbean island, Cuba is disproportionately affected by climate change through extreme weather events, heat waves, drought, torrential rain, hurricanes, and rising sea levels. Up to 10% of Cuban territory could be submerged by the end of the century, wiping out coastal towns, polluting water supplies, destroying agricultural lands and forcing one million people to relocate.

tarea vida

While Cuba shares this harrowing climate scenario with most of the world’s SIDS, the island’s response is both unique and little known. This documentary shows how Cuba is using environmental science, natural solutions and community participation in its 100-year plan for adaptation and mitigation. There are lessons here for the world.

tarea vida life task

This documentary is a DaniFilms production; Directed, Edited and Produced by Daniesky Acosta.
Co-directed by Hugo Rivalta.
Co-produced by Helen Yaffe.
Assistant producer Laura Rivalta.

The documentary was funded by the ESRC IAA from the University of Glasgow and this premier is part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Sciences.

cuba covid 19

A global pandemic in a globalised world. Over one million people have died. What could we have done differently to save lives and livelihoods? In search of collective solutions and best practice, Dr Helen Yaffe and Dr Valia Rodriguez look to Cuba for valuable lessons. By reacting decisively, mobilising their extensive public healthcare system and state-owned biotech sector, Cuba has kept contagion and fatalities down and initiated clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine. They have also treated patients and saved lives overseas.

Based on interviews with top scientists, community doctors and medical internationalists, this documentary explores Cuba’s outstanding response to the global pandemic. Interviewees include Dr Luis Herrera, scientific adviser to BioCubaFarma; Dr Gerardo Guillén, Director of Biomedical Research at the world-leading Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology; Dr Mitchell Valdes Sosa, Director General of the Cuban Neuroscience Centre; a family doctor from Havana, who conducts daily door-to-door health checks; a medical student who joined the public health campaign; Jesús Ruiz Alemán, a Cuban medical internationalist who went to Lombardy in Italy.

Through active screening, testing, tracing, isolating, hospitalising and following up cases, by 19 October the island of 11.2 million people reported just 6,258 cases and 127 deaths. No healthcare workers, pregnant women or children had died of Covid-19 on the island and clinical trials were underway for 13 Covid-19 related domestic biopharma products. Since March, 3,700 Cuban medical specialists in disease control have treated over 350,000 Covid-19 patients in nearly 40 countries. This has been achieved despite the Trump administration severely tightening sanctions against Cuba, blocking revenues and generating scarcities of oil, food and medical goods.

Cuba & Covid-19: public health, science and solidarity is produced by DaniFilms in collaboration with Belly of the Beast Cuba.

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