Date: Wed 9 Nov 2022
Time: 17.50 – 20:00
Category: N/C 18+
Access Info: Film (CC) + Q&A (BSL)
What are you expecting from Black Cuban Cinema? It is probably not here.
This event brings together an intriguing selection of seven contemporary short films in different formats and scales: animation, documentary, experimental, fiction and videoclips, all together, all made by contemporary Black Cuban filmmakers, some who live abroad, some who remain on the island.
This unpredictable blend is made up of an intimate approach to sexuality and gender identity, a social media comedy, an experimental ritual to San Lazaro, an analogy between cimarronismo and homosexuality, a real life project that promotes free expression via Hip-Hop among marginalised youth, an experiment in digital poetics, and two dramas, one about a circus and its lion during the Special Period and an energetic different kind of Cuban story, about two top internet influencers competing to be number one.
Curated by David Sierra, who has been participating in Film Hub Scotland’s New Promoter scheme
Song To San Lazaro / Canto A San Lazaro
Raydel Araoz I Cuba 2009 I 4m I Music Video by Grupo Hipálage
Winner of the 2009 Lucas Award for Best Folk Music Video
The Fugitives / Los Cimarrones
Damián Sainz Edwards I Cuba 2021 I 12m I Spanish with English subtitles I Fiction
The rainforest at night hides the deepest terrors of Orestes: the darkness, the slave spirits and the homosexuality of his brother
Obsession / Obsesión
Magia López I Cuba 2018 I 10m I Spanish with English subtitles I Documentary
Over the last 20 years, Cuban hip hop duo Obsesión made up by Alexei Rodríguez (aka: El Tipo Este) and Magia Lopez (manager of The Cuban Rap Agency) have used hip hop as an expressive tool for young people to address and eliminate discrimination.
Archetypes / Arquetipos
Raydel Araoz I Cuba 2009 I 6m I Spanish with English subtitles I Experimental
In this audiovisual collage a group of women talk candidly about their breasts and men’s penises.
Pablo D. Herrera Veitia I Scotland 2006 I 9m I Spanish and English I Experimental
From a dream, to an intimate song made public, to an interview on hiphop, to an assessment of culture that intervenes with and entangles intricate associations between the local and Diaspora, dgitalB is a crossroads for electric voices in transit. Pablo D. Herrera Veitia is an Afro-Cuban hip hop producer and urban music manager.
Ricardo Bacallao I Cuba 2014 I 10m I Spanish with English subtitles I Fiction
During the worst economic crisis in Cuba in the 90s, a lion tamer called Manolo decides to bring home a lion from the National Circus
The Fight / El Combate
Pedro Pulido Brizuela I Cuba 2022 I 36m I Spanish with English subtitles I Fiction
Two Influencers, obsessed with obtaining the largest number of followers on the networks, are involved in a boxing match, incited by a group of netizens. Through an entire media show, the followers will have to define the result.
Followed by Q&A with Cuban directors Ricardo Bacallao and Magia López Cabrera and writers Hugo Rivalta and Brian Beadie
Access notes: Bright images, flashing images, flashing lights, loud sounds
Content notes: Depiction of death, nudity and sex