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Making Independent Films in Cuba with Miguel Coyula, Director

  • 2/18/2014 | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Location: Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

Making Independent Films in Cuba with Miguel Coyula, DirectorMiguel Coyula (Havana, 1977) is one of the most accomplished and internationally acclaimed Independent Filmmakers from Cuba. He is the director of several experimental short films and two feature films, Cucarachas rojas (2003) and Memorias del Desarrollo (2010), which have granted him dozens of awards. Coyula's work is aesthetically focused on exploring new ways of storytelling through digital technology, yet his films are lucid and sophisticated portrayals of a variety of historical events and political matters. Memorias, based on a novel by Edmundo Desnoes, tells the story of a Cuban intellectual who leaves "underdevelopment" behind to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life as a professor in the "developed" world. The protagonist is a witness to the Cuban Revolution and the several waves of migration leaving the island from the 60's to the 80's, as well as to the attacks of September 11th in New York. Selected by the International Film Guide as the Best Cuban Film of 2011, the movie is not available in DVD or for commercial purposes. Therefore, it would be truly an exceptional opportunity for the Bowdoin community to watch this film in the context of the "World Cinema Film Screenings."

Coyula's visit will also include a workshop titled "Making Independent Films in Cuba," open to students, faculty and community members with interest in filmmaking (February 18, Smith Auditorium, 4 pm).