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WOMEN-DIRECTED CUBAN FILMS TO SCREEN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CHICAGO
July 19 @ 7:00 pm
Our collaborators shared this Press Release on an exciting new event:
WOMEN-DIRECTED CUBAN FILMS TO SCREEN FOR THE
FIRST TIME IN CHICAGO
Screening at The Athenaeum Theatre on Friday, July 19 at 7PM
Full Spectrum Features (FSF), Americas Media Initiative (AMI), and Athenaeum Theatre Productions
are thrilled to present the Chicago premiere of the documentary Días de Diciembre (December Days)
and the short fiction Frágil (Fragile), as part of the Emerging Women Filmmakers program of the Cuban Visions film series.
The screening will be followed by a conversation, moderated by AMI Director, Alexandra Halkin,
featuring Cuban feminist film critics Danae Dieguez (El Ojo Sexuado) and Dr. Zaira Zarza. The
three will discuss the landscape of Cuban film production for emerging women filmmakers.
Specifically, they will touch on the progress and pitfalls faced by women directors in Cuba’s
male dominated film industry and the current state of independent filmmaking on the island.
Días de Diciembre (December Days) – Directed by Carla Valdés León
Between 1975 and 1991 more than 400,000 Cuban soldiers and civilians were sent to
Angola in support of the country’s left-wing government. Two thousand of them were
killed. December Days shows some of the ways in which the mission to Angola—a
massive solidarity effort from a small country—continues to touch the lives of ordinary Cubans.
Frágil (Fragile) – Directed by Sheyla Pool
A daughter, dedicated to the care of her mother with Alzheimer’s, wants to feel her love,
even if it’s just one last time. This need drives her down a dangerous path to discover
that sometimes love can be the most capricious and bewildering of feelings.
More information on AMI: http://americasmediainitiative.org/
More information on FSF: https://www.fullspectrumfeatures.com/
For more details, please contact:
Alexandra Halkin, Director – Americas Media Initiative
T: 312-282-0135 E: firstname.lastname@example.org