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Mexican festival evokes work by Cuban filmmaker Santiago Alvarez

Mexico City, Oct 14 (Prensa Latina) A selection of short films by filmmaker Santiago Alvarez on Thursday evokes the work done by the renowned Cuban documentary filmmaker, from the screens of the Cervantino Festival, taking place in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) and the diplomatic representation of the Caribbean nation in Mexico City, the exhibition includes four films that, despite years, have not lost their relevance.

One of them is ‘Now,’ which offers a look at modern authoritarianism, while ‘L.B.J.’ recreates the agitated political context of the 1960s with the struggle against racial segregation led by Martin Luther King, the Vietnam War and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

‘Hanoi, martes 13,’ Alvarez’s favorite film, praised for its poetic structure and awarded in different international festivals, due to the elegance of the story focused on the defense of the Vietnamese people since the bombing of Hanoi.

The cycle also includes the screening of the documentary film ‘Ciclon,’ about the passage of Hurricane Flora in 1963 through Cuba’s eastern region. It brings viewers closer to that devastating reality and the human tragedy generated by the harsh nature.

Star of the Cuban Newsreels ICAIC, declared UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, Alvarez left behind a vast legacy when he died in 1998, which goes beyond the Latin American and world cinema with documentaries that renewed the genre and reflected shocking international events.


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