Opening Hours: Tue-Sat: 11am-12midnight, Sun-Mon: Closed /// PLEASE NOTE: Our main lift is currently broken, please ask a member of staff for access to the secondary lift.

Havana Glasgow Film Festival

Cuba’s Life Task: Combating Climate Change + Panel Discussion

Fri 19 November 2021

Tickets no longer available
SDH captioning

SDH captioning

BSL interpretation

BSL interpretation

Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Hearing loop

Hearing loop

A person walks along a concrete path in the sea, holding a baby.

Cuba's Life Task. Image credit by Dani Acosta.

In 2017, the Cuban government approved the State Plan to confront climate change, known as ‘Tarea Vida’ (Life Task).

As a small Caribbean island, Cuba is disproportionately affected by climate change through extreme weather events, heat waves, drought, torrential rain, hurricanes, and rising sea levels. Up to 10% of Cuban territory could be submerged by the end of the century, wiping out coastal towns, polluting water supplies, destroying agricultural lands and forcing one million people to relocate.

Climate change is among the world’s greatest challenges. This documentary shows how Cuba is using environmental science, natural solutions and community participation in its 100-year plan for adaptation and mitigation. There are lessons here for the world.

Followed by a panel discussion with Helen Yaffe and Emily Morris, which will be BSL interpreted.

Helen Yaffe, Daniesky Acosta, Hugo Rivalta I UK 2021 I 57m I Spanish and English with English subtitles I Doc I N/C PG


En 2017, el gobierno cubano aprobó el Plan Estatal para enfrentar el cambio climático, conocido como ‘Tarea Vida’. Una isla pequeña caribeña, el cambio climático afecta Cuba desproporcionadamente con acontecimientos meteorológicos extremos, olas de calor, sequía, lluvia torrencial, huracanes, y el aumento del nivel del mar. Hasta el 10 por ciento del territorio cubano podría quedar sumergido a finales de siglo, destrozando ciudades costeras, contaminando los suministros de agua, destruyendo tierras agrícolas y desplazando un millón de personas.

El cambio climático es uno de los mayores retos mundiales. Este documental muestra como Cuba está utilizando la ciencia medioambiental, las soluciones naturales, y la participación comunitaria en su plan de 100 años para la adaptación y la mitigación. Cuba representa un modelo para el mundo.

Siguido por una discusión entre Helen Yaffe y Emily Morris.

Havana Glasgow Film Festival

Celebrating Cuban film and culture in Havana’s twin city of Glasgow

Our seventh edition focuses on the resourcefulness and extraordinariness of Cuba during one of the toughest points in its history in a hybrid Festival of online and live screenings.

Highlights include a Friday evening programme of films and discussion relating to Cuba’s unique approach to sustainability. Rebecca Heidenberg, Director of Queens of the Revolution will join us for a live streamed Q&A on Sunday night to discuss her portrait of a cultural centre that paved the road for LGBTQ+ rights in Cuba. Our featured director this year is acclaimed filmmaker Arturo Sotto and we will screen four of his films including the film noir Nido de Mantes / Mantis Nest.

Online Festival Passes, costing £15 / £7.50 allow access to all our online films, with an additional cost of £0/£2/£4/£6/£8 for live events at CCA on a pay-what-you-can basis.

For full programme details, visit our website

Venue Guidance

CCA is currently operating with increased requirements due to Coronavirus. Masks and hand-sanitising are required throughout the building, and queueing for events will take place outside, so please dress for the weather. We ask that people attending events take a lateral flow test before visiting CCA. For more information, please see Venue Guidance.

Event Collection

Part of Havana Glasgow Film Festival 2021 #




Event Type





7:15pm — 9:15pm


14+ accompanied by an adult


Tickets: £0/£2/£4/£6/£8

Booking fee: 10% booking fee


SDH captioning

BSL interpretation

Wheelchair accessible

Hearing loop

Tickets no longer available

Additional info:

In Spanish and English with English subtitles / Español y inglés con subtítulos en inglés