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Cuban Premier of Zuzu Angel
Zuzu Angel could have remained indifferent about what was going on in her country and continued living the glamorous life of Hollywood stars and the international jet set, but her life changed when she found out that her son Stuart had died in 1971 at the hands of the Brazilian military. Afterwards, she did all she could to try to recover her sons body and to denounce the barbarity of the regime both inside the country and abroad, up until her tragic death under bizarre circumstances in 1976.

The story about a famous fashion designer was brought to the silver screen in Zuzu Angel (2006), by director Sergio Rezende and writer Marcos Bernstein, and will be shown for the first time in Cuba this month during a week of Brazilian cinema.

In the early hours of April 14, 1976, the designer, whose real name was Zuleika Angel, died in a car accident while exiting a tunnel in Rio de Janeiro. According to witnesses, an Army jeep was nearby. Two weeks before the accident, Angel had given a letter to singer-songwriter Chico Buarque of Hollanda which read, "If I die due to an accident or some other reason, it will have been at the hands of my sons murderers." Chico would later dedicate one of his most emotional songs to the memory of Angel entitled Angelica.

The screening of Zuzu Angel in Cuba coincides with the publication for the first time in Brazil of Derecho a la Memoria y a la Verdad, a book about the atrocities committed by the military dictatorship between 1964 and 1985. A 1979 amnesty pardoned all those involved in any crimes committed under the regime.

The screening of Rezendes movie has an additional attraction for the Cuban public as it features three characters from the Brazilian soap opera Cabocla, currently being broadcasted on Cuban television.

The Brazilian film showing at Havanas Charles Chaplin Theater opens with El año que mis padres salieron de vacaciones (The Year My Parents Went on Vacation) (2006), by Cao Hamburguer, Jury Award winner at last Novembers Sao Paulo International Film Festival.

Source: By Pedro de la Hoz, Granma

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