Animación cubana en Chicago
CUBAN VISIONS FILM SERIES AT THE ATHENAEUM THEATRE IN CHICAGO
The Cuban Visions film series has been organized by Americas Media Initiative and Full Spectrum Features. Cuban Visions is presenting the work of Cuban filmmakers to Chicago audiences, providing a unique window into both early revolutionary and contemporary Cuban society. Cuban filmmakers, journalists, film critics and scholars will also be in attendance. This bi-monthly series, taking place throughout 2019, includes six programs at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.
The series features a diverse range of Cuban films including animation, short fiction, and documentaries, and cover issues such as racial inequity, the Cuban economy, Cuban internationalism, Afro-Cuban identity, women’s rights, and more. Each of the six screenings is followed by a conversation, featuring our Cuban guests, and moderated by Alexandra Halkin, Director of AMI as well as audience Q&A. These thought-provoking and rarely seen Cuban films will challenge U.S. audience’s long-held misconceptions about past and present Cuban reality.
October 19th 7pm – Cuban Animations from the 1960’s to Today
REVOLUTIONARY ASPIRATIONS: WHERE ARE WE NOW?
This screening will debut an original program of short animations some of which were produced in the 1960’s by the ICAIC Animation Studios. These shorts reflect many of the early revolution’s aspirations: improved literacy, healthcare, housing, and food production. The screening will also feature contemporary Cuban animations, illustrating the evolution of both the Cuban Revolution and Cuban animation from the ‘60s to present-day.
Thank you to the ICAIC Animation Studios (Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos) which has generously donated some of the featured animations.
POST-SCREENING DISCUSSION: The conversation will feature the program’s curators, Cuban animator Ivette Avila and Julio César Guanche Zaldívar, Law Professor, Historian and former Deputy Director of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (Havana Film Festival). The discussion will reflect on the evolution of Cuban animation and the use of film to promote the ideals of the Revolution, while also posing relevant criticisms.