Cuban Short Films of Damián Sainz

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30 | No admittance after 7:30

Damián Sainz / 2009-2017 / Total 53 min

co-presented with Americas Media Initiative

On his first visit to the US, we screen short documentaries from independent Cuban filmmaker Damián Sainz. With a focus on LGBTQ and youth cultures of contemporary Cuba, Damián's films reconstruct the past and explore the present, imagining a more just and equal country.

    Close Up   2009 / 22 min
    Images made by two filmmakers a normal Saturday night at the park on G Street, in the Vedado neighborhood, downtown Havana. The park is an oasis for different kinds of young identities, a place where they can be whatever they want to be.
    De Agua Dulce   2012 / 15 min
    At sunset, Kinkin prepares himself to go fishing at the local river that passes through his town. Fishing is his nights job but also his shelter. As night falls, the turbulence of the polluted river starts to reveal the deep connection between the water and the dark side of Kinkin’s past.
    Bateria   2017 / 16 min
    The ruins of an ancient military fortress outside Havana have become a clandestine gay cruising spot. The old walls and the rubble give shelter not only to Cuban male homosexuals, but also to a culture of resistance and socialization.

Post-Screening Q&A

Damián Sainz has worked as a director, editor and producer in documentary films in Cuba, Canada, Switzerland and Spain and has collaborated with visual arts projects like Galeria Continua, Inventario at the Ludwig Foundation and online project Docuselfie. His short documentary films, focused on LGBTQ culture on the island and Cuban youth, and have received awards in several international film festivals like the Havana Film Festival, Fribourg in Switzerland, FICUNAM in Mexico, DocumentaMadrid in Spain and FICU in Uruguay. Sainz teaches documentary cinema at the EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños, The Ludwig Foundation in Cuba and at the Cinema Program of Altos de Chavón in Dominican Republic. He lives and works as an independent filmmaker in Havana, Cuba.

Alexandra Halkin is a documentary filmmaker and Founding Director of the Americas Media Initiative (AMI), a non-profit organization that works with Cuban filmmakers living in Cuba. A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, she has been working on documentary projects in Latin America for over 20 years. She was also the Founding Director of the Chiapas Media Project, a media initiative that worked with indigenous communities in Southern Mexico.

María Isabel Alfonso’s current research focuses on the intersection between civil society and cultural productions in contemporary Cuba, exploring the ways in which Cuban artists use their creations to gain agency within the new socio-political landscape. She is currently working on the documentary Rethinking Cuban Civil Society, which offers an inside look into issues often neglected by both the Cuban and the American mainstream media. She is the chief editor of Cuba Posible, an independent journal from Cuba, and founding member of CAFE (Cuban Americans for Engagement), an organization that promotes the reestablishment of normalization between Cuba and the US. Alfonso is an Associate Professor of Spanish at St. Joseph's College, where she teaches classes on Cuban and Caribbean literature and culture.


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