Airs Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
As the United States and Cuba move toward normal relations for the first time in more than 54 years, this film profiles a unique collection of people who are pushing the boundaries. "Reinventing Cuba" goes beyond the stereotypes - beyond cigars and salsa, beyond mojitos and Malecon, beyond antique American cars and decaying architecture to reveal an extraordinary nation eager to embrace change. Host Gerry Hadden—a former PBS Latin America correspondent and long-time Cuba watcher—takes viewers on a personal journey. He meets little league sluggers defying the odds and dreaming of the majors; doctors and medical researchers saving lives; hustlers finding ways around limited internet connections; artists and designers at the height of creativity; and black marketeers selling a vital entertainment and information device called "the package." Cut off from America by decades of hostility, living in conditions of scarcity and political restrictions, the Cubans emerge here as a people making something out of nothing with whatever is at hand.