What informs dialogue and themes in play surrounding events during the historic Geneva summit comes partly from Rogelio Martinez's own life experience — first under Soviet influence in Cuba, and later under American democracy, led by 'The Great Communicator,' Ronald Reagan
The 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan reversed the process of detente between the United States and the then-Soviet Union, ushering in a freeze in relations and heightened Cold War tensions. Anxiety grew across the globe with many people fearing that the superpower rivalry would someday lead to nuclear war. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports from Chicago, a new play called "Blind Date" by a Cuban-born immigrant explores this dynamic and the events in the mid-1980s.
A movie produced and directed by a German film student about a 2015 terrorist attack on a bus in Kenya has just been nominated for an Oscar. The short film Watu Wote, or Swahili for “All of Us,” tells the story of how average Kenyans resisted Al Shabab, the Somali extremist group. For VOA, Rael Ombuor has this report from Nairobi.