After decades of persecution and neglect, Cuba’s LGBT community finds itself in the midst of a new struggle -- the fight for equality. The leader of this uprising is Mariela Castro, charismatic daughter of President Raúl Castro and a member of Cuba’s National Assembly, who uses her passion and pedigree to promote acceptance in the face of prejudice.
Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution follows Castro and her LGBT supporters as they spread their universal message of equality across the country. Directed by Jon Alpert (HBO’s Emmy-winning Baghdad ER), the documentary spotlights gay, lesbian and trans activists through revealing stories of pain, love, strength and perseverance, all told against a rapidly changing social and political backdrop. Mariela travels tirelessly across the country to bring her message of diversity to a new, more progressive Cuba. The documentary introduces a variety of gay, lesbian and transgender Cubans who tell their stories in the weeks leading up to a celebratory Gala Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
An internationally renowned women’s right champion, Mariela Castro is a Cuban parliamentarian and the daughter of President Raul Castro, as well as the niece of former President Fidel Castro. She serves as the director of CENESEX, the Cuban National Center for Sex Education, is president of the National Commission for Treatment of Disturbances of Gender Identity, and is a member of the Direct Action Group for Preventing, Confronting, and Combatting AIDS and an exclusive member of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). Castro is director of the journal Sexology and Society (Sexologia y Sociedad) and has a degree in pedagogy and psychology from the Higher Institute of Pedagogical Sciences “Enrique Jose Varona” in Havana.
Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution was directed by Jon Alpert; producers, Saul Landau and Jon Alpert; associate producer, Rosalino Ramos; Cuban producer and additional camera, Roberto Chile; editor, David Meneses; consulting producer, Matthew O’Neill. For HBO: senior producer, Sara Bernstein; executive producer Sheila Nevins.