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FOUR CUBAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE THEIR FILMS IN THE U.S.
Los Angeles: March 6–12 - New York: March 13–17 - Miami: March 18–25

The films presented include several with a strong afrodescendiente focus.

FOUR CUBAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE THEIR FILMS IN THE U.S. WITH THE SUPPORT OF WOMEN IN FILM INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE, CUBAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS MEDIATHEQUE and ICAIC (INSTITUTO CUBANO DEL ARTE E INDUSTRIA CINEMATOGRAFICOS)

The Tri-City Screenings are an unprecedented cultural and professional exchange between Cuban and U.S. Film Communities

Los Angeles, CA, February 19, 2013…. The Women In Film International Committee, the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC) and the American Cinematheque, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, New York Women In Film & Television, MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center,Women Make Movies, Miami Beach Cinematheque, and Coral Gables Art Cinema, will showcase a selection of short, documentary and feature films directed by Cuban women. The Showcase includes presentations at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Brooks Institute and Miami International University of Art & Design.

The Cuban women participating in the U.S. Showcase represent the island’s preeminent female directors, writers and actors. They are award-winning filmmaker and head of the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, Marina Ochoa; award-winning Afro-Cuban documentary filmmaker, Gloria Rolando; award-winning feature filmmaker Milena Almira and one of Cuba’s most internationally acclaimed film and theater actresses, Claudia Rojas.

Honorary hosts include: Annette Bening, Laura Bickford, Jackson Browne, Lisa Cholodenko, Isabel Cueva, Benicio Del Toro, Hector Elizondo, Naomi Foner, Brad Horwitz, Penny Marshall, Mike and Irena Medavoy, Rick Nicita and Paula Wagner, Sean Penn, Shervin and Anahita Pishevar, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Sarandon, Andy Spahn and Dionne Warwick.

Sponsors include Shangri-La Entertainment, Sean Penn, the Shervin & Ana Pishevar Foundation, Brad Horwitz, Cuba Travel Services, SDI Media Group, Aris Anagnos, Hector Elizondo, Harvey Vechery, Councilmember Eric Garcetti,www.cubanow.net, and other generous individuals. KPFK Radio is a media sponsor for Los Angeles.

Scheduled for Los Angeles (March 6-12), New York (March 13-17) and Miami (March 18-25), the showcases will be complemented by panels to offer educational and cultural opportunities for U.S. and Cuban women in the industry, to forge creative and cultural bonds, and to foster the expansion of a dialogue between nations, creating new spaces wherein to share social, historic and artistic female perspectives. 


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Marina Ochoa

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Claudia Rojas


Articles/Articulos

Creating Spaces for Women’s Voices: The First International Showcase of Women Filmmakers 3/11/2013 Cuba Now: interview with Marina Ochoa

Top female Cuban filmmakers visit U.S. for three-city showcase 3/8/2013 LA Times: "Despite occasional signs of thawing, relations between the U.S. and Cuba have remained frosty for the past half-century. This week, however, four of the island nation's premier women writers and directors arrive stateside for the inaugural Cuban Women Filmmakers U.S. Showcase, a traveling exhibition highlighting the depth and diversity of their work and that of their peers."

Cuban Women Filmmakers US Showcase & a Conversation with Gloria Rolando 3/8/2013 Black Film Center, Indiana University: "My question to you is why have you chosen to devote your life’s work to the study of the African diaspora? GLORIA ROLANDO: I grew up in a very, very humble black family. My father was a shoemaker, my mother made clothes, and my grandmother, whose hands I never will forget, used to work as a domestic in the houses of other people. She was a character; she’d never talk about age, she’d talk about life. She told me how in Santa Clara in the 30s and 40s black people would walk around the park while white people would walk inside the park; it was the custom of that time. She told me about the Union Fraternal, the society for black people in Havana, and another black society for those who were doctors or lawyers or teachers. I remember that she used to say, “Maybe you will attend Club Athena because you have your title, you graduated, you are a professional.” In school, though, I never heard about this kind of history. After some time, I held on to all this information, and when I started to make films I wanted to see these kind of very humble people, but very proud and with a lot of dignity."

International Women’s Day: Cuban Women Filmmakers Showcase 3/8/2013 Repeating Islands: "Documentaries about jazz and friendship, exhibitionism and the life before and after the revolution of a 95-year-old Cuban woman, María de los Reyes Castillo Bueno, whose grandmother was abducted by slave traders. “I loved making that movie,” acclaimed director Marina Ochoa said in Spanish about her film on the warm and feisty Bueno, “Blanco es mi pelo, negra mi piel” (“White Is My Hair, Black Is My Skin”). “She’s a black woman who was born in Cuba from slaves and I interviewed her because I wanted to show the history of Cuba through the history of a woman. I totally fell in love with her doing this project.” That film, along with more than 20 others are part of the Cuban Women Filmmakers Showcase in Los Angeles, New York and Miami this March – the first time a group of Cuban women have come to the United States to show their films. Ochoa, the head of the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, will come to the screenings and take part in Q&A and panel discussions along with award-winning filmmakers Gloria Rolando and Milena Almira, and acclaimed film and theater actresses, Claudia Rojas."

Showcasing Films by Cuban Women 3/8/2013 Women's Media Center

Four Cuban Women Filmmakers Showcase Their Films in the U.S. 2/19/2013 Cuba Now: "The Women In Film International Committee, the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC) and the American Cinematheque, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, New York Women In Film & Television, MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center,Women Make Movies, Miami Beach Cinematheque, and Coral Gables Art Cinema, will showcase a selection of short, documentary and feature films directed by Cuban women. The Showcase includes presentations at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Brooks Institute and Miami International University of Art & Design. The Cuban women participating in the U.S. Showcase represent the island’s preeminent female directors, writers and actors. They are award-winning filmmaker and head of the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, Marina Ochoa; award-winning Afro-Cuban documentary filmmaker, Gloria Rolando; award-winning filmmaker Milena Almira and one of Cuba’s most internationally acclaimed film and theater actresses, Claudia Rojas."

 

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