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A Special Delegation to Cuba Will Focus on Contemporary Filmmaking in the Island Nation

Want to Go to Cuba and Learn About Contemporary Filmmaking in the Island Nation?

The Americas Media Initiative (AMI) is organizing a very specialized delegation in collaboration with Anthropologie Consulting that will focus on current
trends in contemporary Cuban filmmaking.

The trip is geared toward film programmers and curators, professionals in the film business and people interested in contemporary Cuban filmmaking and will
provide insight and access normally unavailable to U.S. visitors.

An important focus of the delegation is to help clarify how the U.S. embargo still impacts Cuban filmmaking including the complex situation for Cuban
independent filmmakers – who work outside of the traditional Cuban cultural institutions – and their legal status within Cuba. Alexandra Halkin, AMI
Founding Director along with Jose Pineda, Director of Anthropologie Consulting will lead the delegation.

Since President Obama’s announcement last December, AMI has received numerous requests from U.S. citizens for assistance related to filmmaking in Cuba.
Because of the overwhelming  interest, AMI has decided to organize its first delegation to Cuba.

Due to the close working relationship AMI has with many filmmakers, delegates will meet one-on-one with documentary, and fiction filmmakers, and producers
as well as animators and attend special screenings of their work. A unique aspect of the delegation will be meeting filmmakers living outside the cultural hub that is Havana.

Delegation highlights include:

  • Travel to La Conchita, Pinar del Río to meet with youth who are engaged in a unique community media project, Camara Chica (Little Camera). The project was
    initiated with funding from the British Council in 2013 in partnership with UK film education charity Into Film.  Los Chapuserios is one of six community centers across Cuba where the project is being carried out. Los Chapuserios now produce programming for the local TV channel besides their own
    community-based work. For more information click here.
  • Trip to Santa Clara to meet with Harold (Muke) Diaz-Guzman, a self-taught animator, software designer and university professor along with his award
    winning animation collective.
  • Also in Santa Clara a visit to El Mejunje, a famous Cuban cultural center known for it’s support of LGBT rights for a screening of a new
    short documentary, “Mascaras” (Masks) about the lives of Ríubel Alarcón and Pedro Manuel González, two famous Cuban transformistas (drag
  • Havana meeting with award winning producer, Claudia Calviño of Producciones 5ta Avenida (“Melaza,” “Juan of the Dead”) who will discuss
    how 5ta Avenida functions within the restrictions and limitations of the U.S. embargo and the lack of legal status within Cuba.
  • Visit to the internationally celebrated International Film and Television School (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, for a tour and full day of visits
    and screenings with Cuban faculty and students.
  • Other Havana meetings include cultural critic Gustavo Arcos, award-winning documentary filmmaker, Ernesto Pérez Zambrano and documentary and fiction
    filmmakers including Rigoberto Jímenez and Marcel Beltrán.

The delegation will accommodate 15 people so AMI is encouraging people to sign up early. All events and films will be translated to English.

For further
information please contact Jose Pineda:

or (786) 955-6660. You can also visit the
AC website

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