Longwood Arts Project is pleased to present the screening of
Cuban Roots/ Bronx Stories: An Afro-Cuban Coming of Age Storyby 2010 BRIO winner for documentary film/video Pam Sporn
Thursday, May 24 at 7pm at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
Admission is FREE!!!!!
Cuban Roots/ Bronx Stories: An Afro-Cuban Coming of Age Storyhighlights the historical journey of an Afro-Cuban family, from Jamaica, to Cuba, to the Bronx. In this compelling film we learn how one family confronted questions of diaspora, class, race, and identity in the South Bronx of the early 1960. Diana, Ruben, and Pablo reveal stories of growing political awareness, overcoming the dangers of the streets, and coming into their own as Afro-Latinos.
Pam Sporn is an award-winning, documentary filmmaker whose work interweaves historical narratives and personal storytelling. She has an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College where she’s taught in the Department of Film and Media Studies. Currently teaching at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, she and her students have developed “Fannie Lou TV,” an internal, on-line monthly news show. Her “Con El Toque De La Chaveta/With a Stroke of the Chaveta” (2007) traces the tradition of “el lector” reading to cigar makers while they work. Her “Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories” (2000), looks at immigration, racial identity, and US-Cuban relations through the lens of one black Cuban-American family.
Cuban Roots/ Bronx Stories: An Afro-Cuban Coming of Age Story, 2000 is screened at the exhibition 40.85ºN by 73.86ºW: Home Is Where the Bronx Is on view at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos the Longwood Arts Project’s visual arts program of the Bronx Council on the Arts
BRIO Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. 25 BRIO grants of $3,000 each are awarded to Bronx artists. BRIO award winners complete a one-time public service activity.The awards are based solely on artistic excellence. Winners are selected by a panel of arts professionals representing the award disciplines. Only artists living in the Bronx are eligible to apply.