Film Series ─ Before Night Falls (2000) Directed by Julian Schnabel

This film portrays the life of poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas (Javier Bardem). He learns about himself artistically, while growing up in Cuba where homosexuality is frowned upon. Between his sexual orientation and his political writing he gets in trouble with the government. During his two years in prison, Arenas continues writing and even manages to smuggle out a novel. After making his way to America, he ends up facing other struggles.