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Cuban Women Filmmakers 2013 Showcase
Join us for a showcase of the following short films by Cuban women filmmakers, followed by a Q&A with award-winning filmmaker and head of the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, Marina Ochoa; award-winning Afro-Cuban documentary filmmaker Gloria Rolando; award-winning feature filmmaker Milena Almira; and one of Cuba’s most internationally acclaimed film and theater actresses, Claudia Rojas.

Blanco Es Mi Pelo, Negra Mi Piel (White Is My Hair, Black Is My Skin)
Director: Marina Ochoa 
Four moments in the life of María de los Reyes Castillo (Reyita), 95 years old. She was born with the Republic, was a slave's granddaughter, and a free woman’s daughter.

Derecho de Ser (The Right to Be)
Director: Claudia Rojas
Queen Nzinga Maxwell talks for the first time about her most personal and most painful experiences. In a sunflower field she gets rid of the pain, while she gives the air her poems. 

El Pez De La Torre Nada En El Asfalto (The Fish of the Tower Swims on the Asphalt)
Director: Adriana Fernandez Castellanos
A writer is trying to make a poem while his son is watching an R-rated movie and his wife is complaining about the unbearable heat. Desperate, he uses violence in order to find inspiration.

Uno Al Otro (One Another)

Director: Milena Almira
A couple of young artists marked by love and difference.

Nosotros Y El Jazz (Us and Jazz)

Director: Gloria Rolando
During the 1940s and 1950s, young dancers from Havana discovered jazz and gathered around it. In private houses, black societies and some bars in Havana, people enjoyed what they called jam sessions. Despite the years passed by, some of them stay together, dancing and enjoying jazz and the friendship that keeps them together.

Oración (Prayer) 
Director: Marisol Trujillo
A homage to Marilyn Monroe inspired by an Ernesto Cardinal’s poem. At the same time, it reveals the situation of most Latin American children.

Espiral (Spiral)
Director: Miriam Talavera
An approach to a living myth of dance, Alicia Alonso, from the viewpoint of her passion, tenacity and devotion to art. It includes fragments of the ballet Giselle, choreographed by her, based on the original by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, and of La Diva (The Diva), choreographed by Alberto Méndez.

About the Showcase 
The Women In Film International Committee, the Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque, theInstituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC) and the American Cinematheque, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, New York Women In Film & Television, MNN El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, and Women Make Movies, is showcasing a selection of short films, docs, and features made by Cuban women filmmakers, in Los Angeles, NYC and Miami. The Cuban Women Filmmakers 2013 Showcase provides professional, educational, and cultural opportunities for U.S. and Cuban women working in the entertainment industry, to foster a creative and cultural bond among all women, the academic community and corporations engaged in the entertainment or media business, to explore and encourage new spaces to share social and historic realities from the female perspective, and expand dialogue between both nations.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.