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Exclusive clip: PBS’s “Weekend In Havana With Geoffrey Baer”

Ahead of its premiere on July 18, realscreen presents an exclusive clip from PBS’s Weekend In Havana With Geoffrey Baer. In this new series produced by WTTW, travel host Geoffrey Baer explores the ...
July 17, 2017

Ahead of its premiere on July 18, realscreen presents an exclusive clip from PBS’s Weekend In Havana With Geoffrey Baer.

In this new series produced by WTTW, travel host Geoffrey Baer explores the heart of Cuba’s capital, now open to American tourists after more than 50 years.

Three young locals — architect and restorationist Daniel de la Regata, famed flamenco dancer Irene Rodriguez, and Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca — serve as travel guides.

With the help of his new friends, Baer (pictured, left) witnesses the nightly firing of the cannon at the fortress of San Carlos de la Cabana, visits the first city square,  travels through Havana’s architecture, and takes a wild ride in a “coco taxi” — a small yellow vehicle that looks like a coconut.

Baer also dines in one of the city’s various restaurants and schmoozes with the young crowd at La Fabrica — a series of art galleries, bars and performance spaces located in an old factory .

The documentary is part of the ‘PBS Summer of Adventure’ — a showcase of programs designed to take families on adventures around the world. The program is directed by Leo Eaton, co-written by Eaton and Baer and produced by Donn Rogosin, Dan Soles and Hugo Perez.

Weekend in Havana With Geoffrey Baer premieres July 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.

 

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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