OnCuba reports that the giant Google premiered in Havana a documentary about the life of José Martí, Cuba’s national hero. Nuestro Martí (Our Martí) is the title of the audiovisual presentation narrated by historian Eusebio Leal and produced to be seen in 360 degrees with a 3D virtual reality technology.
The documentary was presented in Old Havana’s San Francisco de Asís Convent and is already available to the public on the Google Arts & Culture digital platform.
Its making forms part of a strategy of the Office of the City of Havana Historian, the Bronx Museum and the Ford Foundation to transfer to Cuba a replica of the statue of Martí located in New York’s Central Park. This work was created by U.S. artist Ann Hyatt Huntington and it represents the fall in battle of the Cuban hero in the zone of Dos Ríos, in the eastern part of the island.
Brett Perlmutter, Google Operations director in Cuba, commented during the presentation of the short the pride that carrying out its first event on the island represents for his company, after the recent signing of agreements with the Office of the City of Havana Historian.
Perlmutter confirmed that the documentary will be premiered in New York next January 28 on the 164th anniversary of José Martí’s birth.
In addition, he highlighted the inclusion in Google’s cultural platform of literary archives, paintings and drawings inspired by the work of Martí, as well as works by important artists like Wifredo Lam or René Portocarrero, as part of an initiative that seeks to bring Cuban culture closer to the world.
Eusebio Leal thanked the company for the project. “We are proud that one of the entities of modernity like Google has set its sights on Havana, on the work of Martí and on the city where he was born,” he pointed out. [. . .]