For the third year
of View) television series,
of the Americas Media Initiative (AMI),
the tour. the Cuban organizational providing the logistical
Joven),based in Havana. The tour will begin with a presentation by Mr.
and then Ms. Halkin and
will travel to the Isle of Youth and Pinar del
Getting Back to Abnormal and engage
Back in the spring of 2012
AMI launched its pioneering Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias U.S. Documentary tour with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and was the first time that the MoMA did an official program in Cuba. Since then, the Closing Distances tours have screened six U.S. documentaries and engaged with Cuban audiences in Cienfuegos,
Camaguey, Holguin, Bayamo,
been broadcast on Cuban National Television, reaching millions of Cubans throughout the island. AMI is the only U.S. organization that Cuba has allowed to screen U.S. documentaries in the Cuban provinces.
showcase on American television screening films from around the world. P.O.V has presented more than 365 films to date. P.O.V. films have won every major film and broadcasting award, including 32 Emmys, 15 Peabody Awards,
and the National Association
pioneered the art of outreach, using nonfiction
today’s most pressing social issues.
3will screen Getting Back to Abnorma directed
Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Paul
is the setting for the film, which serves up a provocative mix of race, corruption and politics to tell the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman
city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Supported
by her irrepressible African-American aide Barbara
Lacen-‐ Keller, Head
polarizes the city. Featuring
a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. the film was an Official Selection of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and is a co-production of ITVS. It will broadcast on POV on July 14, 2014.
programming, POV digital, community engagement
He is also the executive producer of America ReFramed, a
series on the WORLD Channel. He has served on juries and panels at film festivals around the world including IDFA, Hot Docs, Visions du Reel, and Doc Aviv. Alexandra
is a documentary filmmaker and Founding Director of AMI. Ms. Halkin,
has been working on documentary projects in Cuba for over two decades. AMI focuses on the distribution of Cuban Independent and community media in collaboration with Icarus Films in New York. Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias
funded in part by the Ford Foundation.