November 21, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Alina Fernandez, the exiled daughter of Fidel Castro, will speak about growing up in Cuba on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University.

The talk is free to the public as seating permits, with Bucknell students and staff being admitted before the general community.

Privilege and privation
Fernandez was a toddler when Castro overthrew the Batista government during the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Her childhood combined privilege and privation, with the ongoing threat of invasion by American troops.

She became rebellious in the 1980s, joining the political dissident movement on the island. She fled Cuba in 1993 and lives in Miami where she hosts a radio show.

In 1998 Fernandez wrote Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba, which describes her life growing up in Cuba as Castro's daughter and the changes that occurred within the country.

Film biography
Moresco Productions, headed by Oscar winning filmmaker Bobby Moresco, co-writer and producer of the movies "Crash," "Millennium" and "The Black Donnellys" and co-producer of "Million Dollar Baby," has teamed with Austin-based Artists Relations Group to produce Fernandez's life story. Moresco will co-write, produce and direct the film.

Fernandez's talk is sponsored by the Bucknell University Student Lectureship Committee.

Contact: Division of Communications


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