Nuestro Studios Launches ‘Bistec’ Podcast Series, Exploring Surveillance and Dissent in Cuba

Nuestro Studios, a division of Nuestro Stories, has unveiled its latest project – a historical fiction podcast series titled ‘Bistec’. Set against the backdrop of Cuba’s 50th anniversary of the revolution in 2009, the eight-part series delves into the complex world of government surveillance and political dissent in a totalitarian state.

‘Bistec’ follows the story of a long-time Cuban Revolutionary whose life is upended when a prominent dissident moves into his neighborhood. The series promises to expose secrets, challenge loyalties, and provide listeners with a rare glimpse into the inner workings of Cuba’s surveillance system.

Series creator, writer, and director Manuel Ruiz-Barrera emphasizes the universal relevance of the story, stating, ‘Even though Bistec is rooted in Cuba, it is the story of MILLIONS of people who have no rights to privacy, and whose lives and very souls are subject to the whims of a Totalitarian state.’ The podcast aims to offer a global audience an immersive sonic experience that is both culturally rich and profoundly moving.

The creation of ‘Bistec’ draws inspiration from various sources, including stories from Cuba’s Comités de Defensa de la Revolución (CDR), personal experiences of the creator, and input from prominent Cuban dissidents. Amaury Pacheco del Monte and Iris Hernandez, co-founders of El Movimiento San Isidro, served as key story consultants and also feature as characters in the series.

The production of ‘Bistec’ involved a diverse team of talent from across Latin America, including Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Peruvians, Mexicans, and Colombians. The cast features actors with extensive experience in telenovelas and feature films, as well as influencers and musicians representing multiple generations of Cubans.

The podcast’s musical score, ‘Canción de un Disidente’, was composed by nine-time EMMY-winning Maestro Alberto Bade and features a performance by the University of Miami Orchestra. Additional music contributions come from a range of talented artists, adding depth to the auditory experience.

‘Bistec’ is now available on major podcast platforms, including YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and Audible, with new episodes released weekly on Mondays in both English and Spanish. The series represents a significant step in storytelling about life under authoritarian regimes, offering listeners a nuanced and emotionally charged narrative.

The launch of ‘Bistec’ marks an important moment in podcast storytelling, bringing attention to issues of human rights, freedom of expression, and the impact of surveillance on individual lives. By presenting these themes through a compelling fictional narrative, Nuestro Studios aims to engage listeners in a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by those living under oppressive governments.

As ‘Bistec’ gains traction, it has the potential to spark important conversations about privacy, political freedom, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. The series not only entertains but also educates and raises awareness about the ongoing struggles in Cuba and similar regimes around the world.

For those interested in exploring these themes further, additional information about ‘Bistec’ and its production can be found on the official website at The podcast’s release may also pave the way for future adaptations, with producers hinting at the possibility of a feature film based on the story.

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