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Message from Cuba to award-winning filmmaker appreciated in Bolivia

La Paz, Feb 29 (Prensa Latina) Iván Sanjinés, son of filmmaker Jorge Sanjinés, expressed gratitude on Thursday for a congratulatory message from Cuba on the occasion of his father being awarded with Bolivia's highest state distinction for his artistic work.

“We want to send greetings from your colleagues from the New Latin American Cinema Foundation and the International School of Film and Television,” the text delivered by Iván Sanjinés to Prensa Latina say.

The members of the school based in San Antonio de los Baños, in Cuba, express immense joy at the awarding of the Condor of the Andes Order to the artist by President Luis Arce.

“My father was very moved by the message, for him that brother town has always been very important, it has been there in the most serious moments, when there was persecution,” he told Prensa Latina.

He emotionally recalled that Cuba “was always there to support him, to lend a helping hand in every way possible.”

He recalled that the production of Yawar Malku was completed in Havana, as well as the preparation of other works in a very difficult time for Bolivians amid persecutions and dictatorships.

“We as a family lived in Cuba for five years,” he commented, “and I even participated like all Cuban high-school students in the countryside school where we combined study and work, which is why our relationship with Cuba is so endearing.”

When referring to his father, he noted that it has been “very important” to his cinema, his message, his commitment and everything that has made him reflect that the Latin American spirit of struggle with the objective of “overcoming all the barriers imposed by imperialism against of the people.”

He described him as an example for the entire continent because he has done his work not only in Bolivia, but through the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema and the International School of San Antonio de los Baños, in Cuba.

“That unity, that brotherhood between Cuba and Bolivia has always been present for him,” he reiterated.