“I’m Never Going To Agree!” screams one filmmaker to another, slamming the door on the way out, and then avoiding conversation with their co-directorial team for the next 24 hours.
It’s summertime 2017 and 23 documentary filmmakers from all over the world have descended upon the renowned EICTV Film School in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba. They’re there to test the fetishised notion of a picture-postcard country marooned in time and explore their subjective perspectives on the complexities of the contemporary Cuban experience. And fueled by rum-enhanced everything, daily electrical storms that have the capacity to contort the mind, and mosquitos the size of baby pigeons, tensions are understandably running high.
With just one month in which to develop, pitch, shoot, and edit ideas. And with relationships with local Cuban producers, camera operators, sound recordists, editors, and translators to marry into the sweaty silverscreen jamboree, this screening evening of short Cuban docs shot on location in Havana is as much about the intersectionality of hastily-formed relationships on the other side of the world as it is about the didactic exposition of a Cuban reality.
So come join for the creative treatment of planned-economied Caribbean actuality, and stay for the canal side rum-based drinks at the incredible Archivist Gallery.
+ Photography Exhibit // Pop-Up Bar // Free Entry