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On December 29, U.S. actor and activist Danny Glover, and filmmakers Estela and Ernesto Bravo were awarded the Medal of Friendship, in recognition of their tireless efforts in support of the Cuban People and Revolution.
Estela Bravo explained that she has lived on the island for the majority of her life and had the good fortune of meeting and sharing many moments with the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, to whom she dedicated her documentary, Fidel the untold story.
The U.S.-born director noted that all her work has been underpinned by a special interest in showing moving stories to raise awareness among the audience.
Her spouse, Ernesto Bravo, recalled how in his youth he used to secretly sing songs by Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés and Carlos Puebla in his native Argentina.
Meanwhile, Danny Glover described the medal as an important recognition and noted that he is visiting the island to support and honor all the values of the Revolution.
The medal, awarded by the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, was presented by José Ramón Balaguer Cabrera, a member of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee Secretariat and head of its International Relations department.
Kenia Serrano, President of ICAP, stated that the distinction was awarded to Estela and Ernesto Bravo for “their work in defense of the truth and social justice,” noting that both have done much to support the efforts of the Cuban Revolution, recording moments in the nation’s struggle in their documentaries.
Meanwhile, decorated Hero of the Republic of Cuba, Gerardo Hernández, speaking about Danny Glover, stated that wherever there is a just cause, so too are the efforts of this fighter, describing his actions as an example for the whole world.
Hernández, also deputy rector of the Higher Institute of International Relations, recalled that he thought that the first time Glover came to visit him in prison (facilitated by the late Saul Landau), would also be the last, however, “he visited me a total of 11 times,” noted Gerardo. “Great friends are who are receiving this medal today,” added the Cuban hero.