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Weekend Passport: Los Frikis, Revolutionaries within a Revolution

In the 1990’s, members of the Cuban punk movement known by the name Los Frikis (The Freaks), purposely injected themselves with HIV in order for the government to give them resources to survive during Cuba’s devastating time of austerity. Los Frikis, inspired by the outlawed rock and metal scene of the 80’s, were enemies of Fidel Castro’s regime for their counter-culture fashion, attitudes, and ideologies. For many punks, infecting themselves with a deadly disease was the only way to truly be free in a society that hated them. This Friday, November 30th,  the documentary Los Frikis, will be screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Joining us to discuss the subjects of the film is NPR’s Radio Ambulante producer, Luis Trelles and MCA Curator of Programs, January Parkos Arnall. As always, global citizen Nari Safavi joins us to give you a couple ideas to help you plan your international weekend!

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