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Retorno, Blanca Rosa Blanco’s pretext to pay tribute to memory

New York, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) The documentary Retorno, by actress and director Blanca Rosa Blanco, was presented in New York as a tribute by the filmmaker to the rescue of memory, in particular to migration and the ties it weaves.

In an interview with Prensa Latina, the creator confessed a connection with the material through Canary Islands writer Elsa Lopez, one of the main characters, and the stories of those who emigrated from that region of Spain to Cuba.

In general, this is a pretext to pay tribute to the pain of the families and for all those connected through that global phenomenon to feel identified,’ he said.

The film presented at the 24th Havana Film Festival in New York takes an approach to the common past between Cuba and Spain from the traditional Fiesta de los Indianos, a massive celebration that gathers visitors, emigrants or their relatives every year in La Palma, one of the Canary Islands.

In that region, those who returned from Cuba at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century are known as Indianos.

We are part of that, this material is still valid despite the fact that it deals with a centuries-old phenomenon,” said the film’s screenwriter.

Although the filmmaker warns that she always had a clear idea of what she wanted to tell, she was surprised by the amount of material collected during just one day of filming on the holiday.

It was so surprising to have so much and put it on the table that it was difficult to stay in just over 50 minutes,” she insisted.