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American filmmaker focuses on Cuba

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Come along with American film producer, John Holod, as he visits the forbidden island of Cuba. Learn its history, enjoy its scenic beauty and view its fascinating flora and fauna when Holod screens his film Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus.

Cuba brings to mind Fidel, Havana, cigars, salsa, music, the Bay of Pigs and the missile crisis.It is so close to the United States but yet so far away.

Old Havana and Trinidad have been placed on the Unesco World Heritage list of beautiful cities. On one side of the street are buildings of stunning architecture.

On the other side the structures are so shabby they collapse after a hard rain.

There's the rugged beauty of the Sierra Maestras, the spectacular coastal road, the oldest colonial town in the Americas, the lovely Vinales Valley and the Hemingway Trail.

A trip to Cuba would not be complete without some background on the Taino Indians, the story of the slave trade, Carlos Cespedes, Jose Marti, Fidel's rise to fame, Che Guevara and the Freedom Fighters and the story of the world's best cigars - from tobacco fields to the factory.

At the Zapata Swamp, Holod focuses on the world's smallest bird, an indigenous endangered rodent, Cuban butterflies, giant tree lizards and the Cuban saltwater crocodile.

Holod is an internationally recognized photo-journalist. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world.

A native of Detroit, he studied cinematography, journalism and photography at Wayne State University before embarking on his life of adventure and travel. He has lived in Colorado, Hawaii and Switzerland. He has traveled extensively in North America, Europe and former Eastern Bloc countries, mostly on his favorite mode of transportation - the motorcycle.

Tickets are available at the Kingsbury Hall ticket office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and again before showtime Tuesday evening. The campus shuttle will begin service in the northeast corner of Rice Stadium parking lot at 6 p.m.