In this issue:



Gaiutra Bahadur: enigmas and arrivals

When writer Gaiutra Bahadur — born in Guyana, grown up in the United States — set out to answer questions about her great-grandmother, she discovered that “facts get compromised with time.” Her book Coolie Woman uncovers hidden stories about the “odyssey” of indentured Indian women in the Caribbean, writes Nicholas Laughlin

Rebel with a camera: Carlos Lechuga

Carlos Lechuga’s debut film Melaza portrays everyday life in Cuba with no trace of sentimentality, and a candour that contradicts both state propaganda and tourist fantasy. As Jonathan Ali explains, it’s also established the young filmmaker at the forefront of a new wave of Cuban cinema talent


Back and fort

The Caribbean’s history of wars and colonisation has left an extraordinary legacy of military architecture, some of it nearly five centuries old. Recognised today as historic sites, these forts and naval bases are a reminder of the often bloody past that shaped our present