ICAIC's Contributions to Cuban Culture Are Outstanding, Says Expert
By Glenda Arcia
Havana, Mar 23 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) has been recognized today after 58 years due to its great contributions to the national culture and the preservation of important works, awarded photographer, Raul Rodriguez, said.
Speaking to Prensa Latina, the 2017 National Film Prize highlighted 'the work of that entity in the preservation of classic films in Cuba and its role in creating an impressive archive.'
He also recognized the work carried out by this entity in restoring several films through agreements with countries such as the United States and France.
Thanks to this initiative, we have recovered feature films and most of the editions of the Latin American ICAIC Newsreels. Our cinema was formed in an analogical epoch and preserving it has been very difficult, but we are working to prevent the loss of important materials, he said.
The ICAIC has been fundamental and outstanding for the Cuban culture and has faced challenges such as the continuity of the film production in the current economic context and the adaptation to new technologies, he added.
We have the work by outstanding directors such as Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Fernando Perez, Enrique Pineda Barnet and Manuel Perez. New filmmakers are now emerging with many ideas and projects, so the forecast for the sector shows a very positive outlook, he said.
With a varied program of activities, Havana is celebrating this year the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the cinema in Cuba and the 58th anniversary of the foundation of ICAIC, on March 24, 1959.
These celebrations started on March 1 with the screening of the film 'Yak no es antes', by Lester Hamlet, and includes the official delivery of the National Prize to Rodriguez, in recognition of a more than five-decade career. sus/iff/arc/gas
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