The 3rd Caribbean Cinema Traveling Exhibition was held for several days in Cuba’s Ciego de Ávila province, where for the first time, films and documentaries on social issues affecting Caribbean communities, like mistreatment of women, violence, unemployment and delinquency, among other problems, were shown through a selection of 47 films. Also screened were “materials related to the preservation of dances, rhythms and traditions, along with realities that, with a mixture of languages and cultures, make up the liberating expression of identity.”
The event, dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC), included films from the Cayman Islands, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Haiti, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela, among other nations. Among the Cuban materials shown were the films Yo soy del son a la salsa and Roble de olor, by filmmaker Roberto López, president of the traveling exhibition, which has toured several countries in the region.
Jessica Flores, a specialist with the main office of Caribbean Cinema, explained that the initiative began in 2007, aimed at highlighting filmmaking, and that this 3rd edition has already been presented in 31 nations. She specified that it’s not a competitive event but rather an event to showcase the production of filmmakers from the Caribbean. Flores also stressed that this province was selected for the screenings because its communities and dance groups are constantly striving to defend Caribbean folklore.
For original article, see http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/2011/0419caribbean-cinema-exhibition.htm
For more info on “Roble de olor,” see http://www.hffny.com/web04/roble.htm