DCTV and the Fight for LGBT Rights Make History at the United Nations and Air on HBO Tonight

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Gale Brewer

Update: November 28, 2016

Jon Alpert reflects, "DCTV has been filming in Cuba for 5 decades. In addition to making this documentary – I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Fidel Castro. We shared many thoughts and personal moments. I appreciate the time Fidel spent with us. We learned a lot from him, and from the Cuban people. We send our best wishes and condolences to them – and to Fidel's family."

November 24, 2016

The United Nations Development Programme and the Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations recently collaborated with DCTV to present founder and director, Jon Alpert’s most recent documentary, Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution at the United Nations on November 16th.

This documentary follows the leadership of Mariela Castro, Raul Castro’s daughter (and Fidel Castro’s niece) to establish equal rights for LGBT Cubans, and examines the cultural and societal homophobia still affecting LGBT Cubans.

Mariela Castro traveled from Havana, Cuba to be present. Mariela and Jon sat side by side for the discussion and Q&A following the screening of the film, which Susan McDade of the UNDP moderated. The iconic and beautiful Trusteeship Council Camber was packed with students, UN diplomats and staff, from the UN, DCTV and HBO employees, as well as many other representatives from the New York LGBT community and city government.

Cora Weiss, DCTV Board President, remarked, "A historic event. The first time a film like this about LGBT rights has been shown at the UN. DCTV showed its strength and smarts. Education has never been so much fun. It was a great night for the UN, and for DCTV, and for everyone who filled the chamber.”

The screening was followed by a celebration at Guantanamera Restaurant on 8th Avenue. The famous chefs, Justo Perez and Ivan Rodriguez, came from Havana to create a delicious array of Cuban treats… lobster tails in a coffee and rum sauce, traditional pork with rice and beans followed by cuatro leches cake. Malou Beauvoir sang, Greg Murphy played piano, and Jon Alpert even played his trumpet. It was a wonderful end to a very exciting and momentous event.

Gale Brewer, the Manhattan Borough President said, "I've been friends with the Cuban community for many years ...This is an occasion like none other...this is a very special night!"

Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution will air on HBO on Monday, November 28th at 9pm ET.

Read a synopsis of the film here!