TV Martí Receives Three Emmy Nominations

The Office of Cuba Broadcasting’s TV Martí has received three Emmy nominations for its special programs La Nueva Cuba de Las Damas de Blanco (The New Cuba of the Ladies in White), La Caridad Nos Une (The Virgin Unites Us) and Sueno Olimpico (Olympic Dream).

marti logo with blue and red stars“To be recognized by the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a great honor,” said Carlos García-Pérez, Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. “Our journalists work hard to provide the people of Cuba with high-quality news and information programs that are not otherwise available to them in the press-restricted environment. These nominations reaffirm that we are on the right track.”

Winners will be announced in an award ceremony on Saturday November 23rd in Hollywood, Florida.  This is the third year in a row that Martí programs have been honored with at least one Emmy nomination.

All three programs nominated were produced by Tatiana Riquelme, directed by Janet Lomba and edited by Caridad Rubido. The nominations are as follow:

La Nueva Cuba de Las Damas de Blanco (The New Cuba of the Ladies in White)

graphic of two ladies, dressed in white, surrounded by white flowersIn this 30-minute TV Martí special, members of the internationally known human rights group “Ladies in White” share the pain of having their loved ones imprisoned during Cuba’s Black Spring in 2003 and explain their efforts to bring change to Cuba through peaceful opposition. This program is nominated in the “Politics/Government-Program” category.


La Caridad Nos Une (The Virgin Unites Us)

grphic of saint in brown robes over the seaThis half-hour special, which is nominated in the “Religion-Program” category covered the September 8 celebrations by Cubans around the world commemorating the apparition of the patron saint of Cuba, the Virgin of Charity, or La Caridad. In addition to covering the events, the special explores how this saint unifies Cubans around the world and her importance in Cuban culture and daily life. The saint is said to be a symbol for thousands that have taken to the sea to leave the communist nation.


Sueno Olimpico (Olympic Dream)

close up of man's face with sky behind himMartí cameras followed Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva in this half-hour special as he spoke about the intense preparation and sacrifices required to make his Olympic dream a reality. Leyva, who won the bronze medal in 2012 and was trained by his step-father, tells about his early days growing up in Matanzas, Cuba, and his family’s dedication to his success. This special is nominated in the “Sports – One-Time Special” category. Additional nominees for this special include field producer Tomas Regalado, sports anchor Bobby Salamanca and photographer Rene Lopez.