Barbarian-Bohemian ‘Cuban Cultural Change’ (BBC3) Television Documentaries

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, bringing you a round-up of some interesting recent television. In the same week as Marc Latham’s travel article about Vinales, Cuba was published on Go Nomad, Simon Reeve presented an hour documentary about Cuba on the BBC.

The Greenygrey of Cuba

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Reeve’s dazzling documentary touched on similar themes to Marc Latham’s articulate article, showing how the Cuban people are vivacious and vibrant, but becoming increasingly interested in capitalism and making money.

As Tim Dowling‘s Cuba Guardian review pointed out, the political situation in Cuba is becoming increasingly greenygrey:

‘There are two basic stories to tell about Cuba: one is of a socialist paradise with cool cars, lovely, crumbly buildings and a 99.8% literacy rate; the other is about a savagely repressive totalitarian state with a failed economy, beset by corruption, poverty and fear.
Of course neither story is true, at least not on its own. In Cuba (BBC2), presenter Simon Reeve attempted to rationalise these two versions by talking to ordinary Cubans at the forefront of the nation’s first cautious steps towards capitalism, but it wasn’t easy.’

Here is Simon Reeve dressed for his greenygreying mission:

Simon Reeve in Libya travelling around the Tro...
Simon Reeve in Libya travelling around the Tropic of Cancer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dark Ages: An Age of Light 101_0144

In Dark Ages: An Age of Light Waldemar Januszczak also greenygreyed our perceptions of ‘Dark Ages barbarian’ tribes. His documentary showed how ‘barbarians’ such as Goths, Vandals and Huns were art-lovers that revered nature; and most had been converted to Christianity by the time they invaded Rome in the fifth-century.

Januszczak said the Huns particularly revered wolves and eagles, and drew inspiration from the power and beauty of the animals common in Europe at the time.

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