Alina Fernandez (Castro’s Daughter) with Bobby Moresco (Crash and Million Dollar Baby)
Fidel Castro’s exiled daughter, Alina Fernandez, is currently on a national tour during Hispanic Heritage Month. Fernandez grew up hidden in the shadows of Castro and the Revolution, and learned at the age of ten that the man who secretly visited her in the odd hours of the night, and who she saw on television everyday, was her father. After expressing her personal differences with Castro, Fernandez eventually became a dissident forbidden to leave Cuba, and later fled the country disguised as a Spanish tourist.
She now lives in exile in Miami, where she hosts her radio talk show, Simplemente Alina (Simply Alina). Her memoir, Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba, has been published in virtually every foreign country.
As September 15th marked the start of Hispanic Awareness Month, Fernandez embarked on a national tour to lecture in front of student groups at colleges across America, including a long list of lectures during her stops in Kentucky, Tennessee, Minnesota, Illinois , Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee during the month of October.
Students across the nation will hear her story firsthand before her movie rolls into theaters. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety recently announced that Bobby Moresco, the Oscar winner who co-wrote and produced ‘Crash’, and co-produced ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ will be helming and producing the film, and co-writing the screenplay with Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics), the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The film, budgeted at twenty million dollars, is expected to go into production next year. John Martinez and Noel Tristan of Austin-based Artists Relations Group (ARG) will be producing with Moresco, in association with The Lamy Group.
For more information about having Alina speak at your local college or about the film, visit her profile on Myspace at http://www.myspace.com/castrosdaughter .
Facebook members can search ‘Castro’s Daughter’ at Facebook films.