Director speaks at screening of award-winning 'Unfinished Spaces'


BRATTLEBORO >> Director Benjamin Murray will speak at a free screening of his highly celebrated documentary "Unfinished Spaces"(2011, Alysa Nahmias, Benjamin Murray, 86 minutes) about Cuba's National Schools of Art, the "world monuments" that are the subject of the much-celebrated documentary and the cultural legacy of arts education in Cuba today on Friday at 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro.

The Wall Street Journal called the film "A fascinating tale of visionary aesthetics and... sublime structures" and the Examiner said "A must-see ... at once captivating, heartbreaking, and inspiring." The film is the second offering in Windham World Affairs Council's new community offering "Understanding Through Film,' a series of free culinary and cultural events that pair film and food with great speakers and events to illuminate a country or global issue in depth. This Fall's focus is on "Understanding Cuba Through Film" and how these 'close but so far' Communist neighbors compare to ourselves. The first screening of "Conducta" (Behavior) in September drew almost 100 participants. The series is supported with support from the Vermont Humanities Council and local cosponsors Express Fluency language school, 118 Elliot and the Restless Rooster Cafe. A buffet style, vegetarian-friendly, Cuban dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. by donation; films begin promptly at 7 p.m. with discussion/events to follow, all at 118 Elliot. Reservations appreciated, email: or call 917-239-8743 and leave a message.


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