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2 One-Hour Episodes


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CUBA’S SECRET SIDE takes you on a dramatic, fast-paced, and provocative journey inside a country shrouded in politics and propaganda. For three months, adventure filmmaker and author Karin Muller traveled undercover throughout Cuba – living with fisherman and farmers, a Santeria priestess and country doctors.  She was arrested over a dozen times, but in the end she managed to capture a side of Cuba that few foreigners get to see.  Life on the black market, hitchhiking protocol, slums, rock concerts, 50-year-old car repair, and a stunning end to an explosive festival. The truth behind this vibrant and often misunderstood country is not at all what you would expect.













































Teachers, educators, students, and parents!


We're NOT going to offer you the standard PBS educational package where your students passively watch a documentary and then answer questions.


We're doing something no other broadcast documentary producers have ever done before. We're giving your students the footage used to create this series and showing them how to make their own mini-documentaries.


Our goal? To help you teach your students to think critically, develop real-world problem solving skills, collaborate, argue persuasively, and ultimately to become true global citizens.


But don't tell them that. They'll just be excited by the chance to be the next Ken Burns - and while they're making their movies, they'll not only be mastering a whole new set of skills, but they'll be learning to care about the world.



How does it work?

We send you a DVD with several hours of broadcast-quality footage and a complete curriculum that conforms to national standards. Students use free iMovie or MovieMaker software to create short documentaries or public service announcements.  How-to videos, worksheets, PowerPoint presentations, assessment rubrics, and other activities lead students step-by step through the process of researching their topic, critically analyzing issues, and creating logical and persuasive arguments.  Upon completion of their documentaries, students learn leadership and public speaking skills by presenting their projects to classmates or to the general public.


Our curriculum is flexible and can be completed in as little as 5-7 classroom periods or over the course of several months.

 You're probably reading this because you're interested in Cuba. Here are some of the topics from Cuba's Secret Side that your students can work on:

The Black Market, Cuban Socialism, Entertainment, Music & Religion, 2-Currency Economy, Cuban Working Life, Transportation, and the Fireworks Festival.


You should know that we also have footage on Sudan/North Africa (genocide, education, health care, politics, etc.), and global environmental issues (energy, water, oceans, and conservation).  The licensing fee is $50-$95 per classroom per year.


If you want to find out more, check out our website:


It has sample footage and curriculum, detailed descriptions of the topics we offer, and contact information if you have any questions.

Karin Muller
Producer, Cuba's Secret Side

Take 2: The Student’s Point of View

Take2 is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.