Friday, November 9, 2007

"Seres extravagantes"; "Odd People Out"

“This documentary explores issues left inconclusive in Arenas’s autobiography, particularly issues about his arrest on charges of corruption of minors and about his sham marriage. Interviews with fellow writers Antón Arrufat and Delfín Prats and a close friend Tomás Fernández Robaina…are of particular importance, because Prats and Fernández Robaina appear characterized in a rather satirical light in Arenas’s autobiography. Also speaking about Arenas’s sexual views is Ingrid González, a former actress, whom Arenas married in 1973 in order to gain access to goods and services available only to married couples…Arenas’s conflictive relationship with his mother Oneida comes across dramatically in the short but emotional interview with the aged woman. This documentary effectively portrays dramatic glimpses of a multi-faceted, rebellious sexual outlaw. Arenas has become an icon among Latin American and Latino gays who often suffer from the homophobic attitudes of their native societies.”

- Rafael Ocasio, Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish, Agnes Scott College, and author of the forthcoming book A Gay Cuban Activist in Exile: Reinaldo Arenas, University Press of Florida.

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