Cuban Women Filmmakers Showcase

wifti_sfs_logoIn celebration of Woman International Month, the Women in Film International Committee, the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will co-present the Cuban Woman Filmmakers Showcase at the American Cinematheque on Friday, March 8 – 7:30 PM, at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
The evening of shorts will include documentary, animated and narrative from Cuba’s preeminent female directors, writers and actors. These films make their U.S. debut here before the program travels to New York and Miami:

Marisol Trujillo’s Prayer (Oracion, 1984, 9 min.) is a documentary tribute to Marilyn Monroe…and Latin American youth.

In Ivette Avila’s animated The Seamstress (La Costurera, 2010, 6 min.), a seamstress tries to mend the world.

A poet battles writer’s block with violence in Adriana F. Castellanos’ The Fish Of the Tower Swim On The Asphalt (El Pez de la Torre Nada en el Asfalto, 2007, 3 min.).

derechodeser_390Marina Ochoa’s documentary White Is My Hair, Black Is My Skin (Blanco Es Mi Pelo, Negra Mi Piel, 1997, 20 min.) salutes 95-year old María de los Reyes Castillo.

Yahanara Mauri’s animated Itacas (2009, 2 min.) looks at the island and the man as territories of isolation.

Five kids confront the limits of existence in an old cemetery in Milena Almira’s Quorum (2009, 13 min.).

Gloria Rolando’s documentary Us And Jazz (Nosotros Y El Jazz, 2004, 44 min.) explores the evolution of jazz in Havana.

In Claudia Rojas’ documentary Right to Be (Derecho de Ser, 2013, 14 min.), Queen Nzinga Maxwell speaks of pain and poetry.

Discussion following with directors Ochoa, Rolando, Almira (Quorum)and Rojas (Right to Be).

Sponsored by Shangri-La Entertainment, Sean Penn, Brad Horwitz, Shervin & Anahita Pishevar Foundation, Cuba Travel Services, SDI Media Group, Aris Anagnos, Hector Elizondo, Councilman Eric Garcetti CD, Vanity Cosmetics, make-up artist Chelsea Senella, hair stylist Louisa Jovanovic and other generous individuals.  Media sponsors are KPFK Radio and www.cubanow.net.
A “Havana Nights in Hollywood” after party with performer Candi Sosa y Su Sexteto – and Cuban cuisine from Versailles Restaurant! – will follow the discussion in celebration of International Women’s Day and these talented filmmakers. Cameo appearance by Latin Grammy Award Winner Nestor Torres.