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Censorship: The Cuban Cinema

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Atlanta Cuban Club

5797 New Peachtree Road

Doraville, GA 30340

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An evening of award-winning Cuban Cinema with Roundtable Discussion and Q&A by the Filmmakers.

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Join us for an evening of award-winning Cuban cinema followed by a roundtable discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers following the screenings.

Admission is free. The Atlanta Cuban Club Cafe will be open before the event and during intermission offering Cuban Sandwich snack boxes and a selection of beer, wine and soft drinks available for purchase.

Cuban filmmakers, Gustavo Perez Fernandez, “Transitando” and Eliecer Jimenez-Almeida, “Persona” present their films; in Spanish with subtitles.

We begin with a screening of “Transitando” followed by a short intermission, then “Persona” will be screened. Afterwards, both filmmakers will discuss their work and the state of Cuban Cinema, moderated by Professor Juan C. Rodriguez, PhD, Spanish Department, Georgia Tech. Audience participation is invited through Q&A.

Freedom of expression is non-existent in Cuba, unless you are willing to subject yourself to harassment, imprisonment, or worse. Censorship is one tool the regime uses to squelch voices and messages that don’t conform to their ideology. Nowhere is this more evident than in the press, media, the arts, and film.

The filmmakers we bring to you have experienced censorship first hand. “Persona” was only screened one time on the island before the regime banned it. The Director/Writer of “Transitando” was targeted and repeatedly censored. As such, “Transitando” will not have the chance to be screened on the island. This event gives a voice to those who have been unjustly silenced.

About the Films and Filmmakers:

“Transitando” by Gustavo Perez Fernandez

The documentary, “Transitando”, illustrates the antagonistic relationship between the need to be transported and the means to do so. At the heart is the economic and social situation of a country, which has failed to solve this problem. Approaching the phenomenon from a realistic and light-hearted stance is the idea that guides the narrative. We are accompanied by the spontaneity of the Cuban, his desire to polemicize, and the many truths that assist him. The film depicts people traveling from one place to another on the island, from the sea to the river, from the city to the mountain; figuring out why and how they do it, is the film’s intention.

About Gustavo Perez Fernandez

Cruz Gustavo Pérez Fernández is a documentary maker, photographer and poet. His work has received critical acclaim, accolades and many prestigious awards since 2006. He has participated in numerous film festivals and expositions where his work has been shown throughout the world. He was part of the jury in the Documentary genre of the Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana. He was selected by Cuba to participate in the first conference of Documentary Film Sweden-Cuba. His work has been reviewed in publications like Cine Cubano (Cuban Cinema) and Archivos de la Filmoteca (Film Library), Valencia, Spain. He holds the Distinction for National Culture and is a member of UNEAC.

“Persona” by Eliecer Jimenez-Almeida

A prostrated old man; an absent son; an ex-convict Catholic sexton who yearns for forgiveness; a mother suffering the loss of her son, who went missing at sea while trying to reach the US; a writer who feels feels smothered by a totalitarian regime, self-exiled at home in an act of cultural resistance.This film explores a regular day in the lives of 5 every day Cubans; five individual stories linked only by the human condition. Five people without an official voice who share their struggles and stories. An award winner at the International Festival of Poor Cinema in Gibara, Cuba, the film was later exhibited at the Cinematographic Criticism Workshop in Camagüey—where state security intervened. It has not been shown in Cuba since. "Persona" won the Best Short Film Award, Latino and Iberian Film Festival at Yale- LIFFY, USA 2016.

About Eliecer Jimenez-Almeida

Eliecer Jimenez-Almeida, is a Cuban Documentary filmmaker, videographer, editor, and journalist who, “manipulates the subjective zones of thought—generated by the vertical relationships of power—to open alternative paths to communication and culture”. His work bears witness, to expose and shake up the indifference toward the disadvantaged. proposing ideas that help tear down the walls of silence, the seeds of injustice, and give voice to the silenced. Winner of numerous prestigious awards, his work has been exhibited in the USA, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, China, India, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, El Salvador, and Guatemala. He has lectured at Yale University, Columbia University, New York University (NYU), The City University of New York (CUNY), and University of Miami. He was awarded with "Ruben Martinez Villena National Cultural Journalism Prize" in 2009 and 2010. He works as a freelance editor and videographer. As an extension of his itinerant workshop: "The documentary from imagination to images", he is currently writing his book: "How do you film your first documentary?" All his work has been filmed outside of the main Cuban cinematography’s industry.

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What are the transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking, though limited, is available at the Atlanta Cuban Club. We recommend taking Uber or Lyft where possible.

What is the dress code?

While there is no official dress code, business casual attire is encouraged.

I’ve reserved a seat, however, I’m unable to attend. Do I need to cancel?

Yes, please. Seating is limited, so we kindly ask that you cancel your ticket directly through Eventbrite, as soon as you know you can’t make it. You can also contact the Event Organizer (see below) so others who wish to attend may have your seat.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Carmen Estrada at 770-714-5885 with any additional questions or contact the organizer through Eventbrite.

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