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So, Leslie, darling, how is it that you had a "human rigths" festival without pointing out the human rights failures by the repressive Cuban regime? I wouldn't think it was much of a coup to have only two human rights areas in which a government excels while violating every other area of human rigths. The Universal Declaration of Human Rigths is not restricted to just education and health care.
By: Kristin Boyd, Staff Writer
Library responds to accusations that Human Rights Film Festival distorts conditions in Cuba
The Princeton Public Library has inadvertently set off a firestorm of criticism involving Cuba, health care and human rights.
According to some critics, two of the 15 films shown during the library's annual Human Rights Film Festival last weekend are "propaganda" and do not accurately reflect life in Cuba.
"I think it's outrageous to have a film festival at a public library that leaves out all the realities of Cuba, especially when you have thousands of witnesses to the human rights violations," said Maria C. Werlau, executive director of Cuba Archive, an organization that collects information about the country.
Leslie Burger, library director, said the film festival committee had no intentions to glorify Cuba. "Salud!" and "The Power of Community" were chosen because of the issues they addressed, not where they were filmed.
"They felt it was unbalanced because there were two films that were holding Cuba up as a model, and that really wasn't it," Ms. Burger said. "It wasn't a Cuban film festival. It was a human rights festival. The conversations we were trying to have were about education and energy and health care and immigration and disaster relief."