May 30th 2018

This screening of animated and fiction short films, the majority of which were produced at three major Cuban cultural institutions—the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV), the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), and the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) Animation Studios—highlights the work of the Chicago-based Americas Media Initiative. AMI is the only organization working nationally in the U.S. to bring the work of emerging Cuban filmmakers to diverse venues and audiences—from think tanks in Washington D.C. to urban farmers in Detroit, and now to a coffee shop in Pilsen.

Following the films will be a conversation with AMI Director Alexandra Halkin, moderated by University of Chicago graduate student Pedro Noel Doreste.

Program (approx. 60 min.):

El Cowboy
Jesús de Armas, 1961, 8 min., ICAIC Animation Studios
This cowboy can’t seem to do anything right.

El poeta y la Muñeca (The Poet and the Doll)
Tulio Raggi, 1967, 6 min., ICAIC Animation Studios
A poet ponders art, love, death, and human intelligence.

Otro animado no para niños (Another Animation Not for Kids)
Harold Díaz-Guzmán Casañas, 2013, 6 min., independent production
It seems like there are fewer and fewer animations made for kids in the cinemas; this in many ways is no exception.

Bienvenidos al cielo (Welcome to Heaven)
Marcos Menendez, 2012, 3 min., independent production
Heaven is not a pretty place.

La Maldita Circunstancia (Damn Circumstances)
Eduardo Emil, 2002, 10 min., EICTV
Candido the piñata seller runs into some serious bad luck.

Tiln, Tiln (Ring, Ring)
Violena Ampudia, 2017, 3 min., ISA
Children like to mimic their parents, sometimes with unexpected results.

Amanda Garcia, 2008, 11 min., EICTV
Filiberto is unhappy in his marriage until a unique opportunity presents itself that will change everything.

We want to thank EICTV, Muestra Joven, FAMCA/ISA, the ICAIC Animation Studios, and the filmmakers for providing us with copies of the films.

Free admission

Sponsored by:

Americas Media Initiative (AMI)

South Side Projections

and Contratiempo

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