Mala Lengua  
 
AfroCubaWeb
  Home - Portal | Music - Msica | Authors - Autores | Arts - Artes 
  Site Map - Mapa del Sitio | News - Noticias | Search ACW - Buscar en ACW 
 
  Mala Lengua
 

Juanamaria Cordones-Cook: Full List of Documentaries & Screenings

 

JUANAMARIA CORDONES-COOK
University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Research Professor
Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of Romance Languages
EMMY-Nominated Filmmaker

University of Missouri

http://romancelanguages.missouri.edu/people/cordones-cook.shtml

DOCUMENTARIES and SCREENINGS:

Summary of screenings (0ver 200 screenings in national and international venues):

(A)  in Cuban National Television, in Canal Educativo 2,  and in Cuban International Television, Cubavisin Internacional, chain, in USA TV, and on TV in Uruguay.

(B) at foreign academic institutions: Ludwig Foundation [2018]; Caguayo Foundation (2018); UNEAC [2011; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2017;  2018]; the Universit de La Sorbonne, Paris, France [2016]; the Universit Lumiere de Lyon 2, France [2016]; the Universidad de la Repblica, Montevideo, Uruguay [2015]; the University of Humboldt, Berlin, Germany [2014]; The Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba [2014]; Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia [2014]; Universitat de Barcelona, Spain (2014]; the Universidad de La Habana [2014]; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem [2013].        

(C) at national academic institutions: Massachusetts College of Art and Design [2016];  Albany-SUNY [2016]; University of Harvard [2015]; University of Michigan [2012, 2013, 2014, 2015]; University of Missouri [2012, 2014]; Truman State University [2014]; University of Southern California [2014]; Washington University [2013].

(D) at national and international museums, art galleries, academic or public cultural events: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana [2014, 2015, 2016, 2018]; Fbrica de Arte Cubano (2015), Havana; Casa de las Amricas, Havana; Diversidad Cultural en el Caribe, (2015, 2017); International Book Fair, Havana [2014, 2016]; “Encuentro: Universo Avellaneda”, in UNEAC, Havana [2014]; “4ta. Conferencia Internacional de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos", Negritud in Cartagena, Colombia [2014]; International conference by the Centre dona i literature: “Congreso de Literatura y Cultura femenina Hispnica”, at Instituto de Literatura y Lingstica, Havana [2014]; San Francisco Public Library [2014]; Ediciones Viga Books: A Visual History,” RedLine Gallery, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Special Collections Library [2014]; Fundacin Caguayo, in Santiago de Cuba [2014]; MACA, at UNEAC in Havana [2014]; Fbrica de Arte, Havana [September 2014] ; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, in conjunction with an art show DRAPETOMIA, curated by Harvard University [2014]; at Center for Cuban Studies in New York [2013].

(E) at international film festivals at: Festival Internacional de Cine de Gibara [2018]; Festival Internacional de Documentales Santiago lvarez In  Memoriam, in Santiago de Cuba (March 2017); San Francisco Cuban film Festival [2015]; St. Louis Film Festival [2014]; The New Latin American Film Festival in Havana [2013, 2014]; Latin American Studies Association Film Festival [2013]; New Hope Film Festival, Pennsylvania (2013); Kansas City [2013].

(F)  at mini-festivals around my documentaries:

         [1] At the Festival Internacional de Poesa in Havana, Cuba, nine films were screened.   (May 2016)

[2] Sponsored by the The Turquino Project, in the Bay Area of San Francisco July 24th-27th, 2015, eleven films were screened at: The Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave.,  Oakland, CA [July 24th, 2015] (6 films); Specs, 12 William Saroyan Place, in San Francisco’s North Beach, (2 films); bookstore Bird & Beckett, by Eric Whittington (3 films).

[3] Sponsored by Fundacin Caguayo at the 2015 Biennial of Art in Havana, at Wilfredo Lam’s monument (June 2015).

(G)  for classes and cultural events at national and international universities and cultural institutions:

       - Professor Ren Clementine Lucien at Universit de la Sorbonne, Paris. (2016)

       - Professor Sandra Hernndez at Universit de Lyon Deux, France.

       - Professor Alejandra Aguilar at the University at Albany-SUNY.

       - Professor Dominique Diard at the Universit de Caen, France.

       - Professor Ruth Behar, the Victor Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at University of Michigan.

       - Professor Rafael Duharte and his colleagues at the Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba.

     The Ludwig Fundation in Cuba is screening my Cuban documentaries in a course on Cuban Arts and Culture for students from The Tisch School of the Arts (NYU).

       - MU Seminar on Afro-Caribbean Arts (2016).

       - Casa de las Amricas, in Havana, screened three films on the most prominent contemporary Cuban artists: Mendive, Diago, and Rodrguez Olazbal and inaugurated the international event Diversidad Cultural en el Caribe, with exhibits from the three artists (2015).

        - Boone County Public Library (April 2016). 

        - MU Osher Lifelong Learning (2015).

        - Summer Film Series at the Centre for Cuban Studies-New York, screened my documentaries (2013).

         -MU courses on Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean arts and culture (2011 to the present)

        (H)  Some of my documentaries are being published with books on the authors or artists I present in the films, such as: Georgina Herrera (Cimarroneando con G.H, 2014); Nancy Morejn (La silla dorada, 2015)

Documentaries (direction and production):

*          Ftima Patterson: Raza, gnero y teatro. / Race, Gender, and Theater (2019), ca. 44 minutes long with English subtitles. Direction and production by Juanamara Cordones-Cook.  

*          Zurbano and his Racial Consciousness /Zurbano y su consciencia racial (2019), ca. 44 minutes long with English subtitles. Direction and production by Juanamara Cordones-Cook. Comment: presentation of the oral history of Roberto Zurbano Torres (San Nicols de Bari, Cuba, 1965), a prominent cultural critic and literary scholar who has been an activist and a leader in major cultural Cuban institutions. In his testimony, Zurbano lucidly addresses racial issues while he guides us through the development of his intellectual and racial consciousness starting with his humble origins in a small village. In the process he articulates reflections on the socio-historical and cultural role blacks played in the development of the nation, and on the opportunities provided by the 1959 Cuban revolution that did not effectively address racism. Zurbano argues that in Cuba there is racism and neo-racism that have been silenced in public discourse. He calls for the development of a black consciousness, for an open discussion on race and on the roots of racism as a construction of domination, and for a dialogue between the civil society, the government, and the intelligentsia. In addition he candidly discusses the heated national and international debate resulting from the New York Times publication of his editorial article “For Blacks in Cuba, the Revolution Hasn’t Begun” (March 23, 2013), and his subsequent demotion in Casa de las Amricas. He strongly defends his right as a free citizen to talk about race, racism and neo-racism in Cuba. This testimony is enriched by hip-hop music by Obsesin. 

*        If in Rodrguez Olazbal: Master of Ancient Secrets / If en Rodrguez Olazbal: Dueo de antiguos secretos (2018), ca. 27 minutes long with English subtitles. Direction and production by Juanamara Cordones-Cook. Comment: Guided tour of the extraordinary art exhibit by Santiago Rodrguez Olazbal, mye: Wisdom and Understanding presented at the University of Missouri during the international conference Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance (April 2016). Considering Rodrguez Olazbal’s work a tribute to the memory and spirituality of his ancestors and that it is infused with cryptic iconography, we present the artist explaining the religious symbols in this exhibition.  

*        The Many Natalias Bolvar: Art, Utopia, and Religion / Las muchas Natalia Bolvar: Arte, utopa y religin  (2018), ca. 57 minutes with English subtitles. Direction and production by Juanamara Cordones-Cook. Comment: presentation of the many social and cultural roles lived by Natalia Bolvar (Havana 1934), a direct descendant of the Cuban Simon Bolvar family. A deeply patriotic aristocrat with a revolutionary calling, she joined the Directorio Revolucionario for the Cuban Revolution and was arrested and tortured by the Batista regime. After 1959, Natalia actively collaborated with the new order in numerous cultural spheres. She was in charge of restoring, reorganizing, and directing the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. She also founded and directed the Numismatic Museum of the Banco Nacional de Cuba, as well as the Napoleonic Museum, in Havana. A natural and powerful cultural advocate and promoter, Natalia has been a frequent consultant for filmmaking, film festivals, exhibits, books, plays, and theater performances.  A disciple and follower of Lydia Cabrera, she became a highly knowledgeable ethnographer and practitioner of Afro Cuban religions who Reynaldo Gonzlez fondly calls “the Supreme Witch.” She has published numerous books on religious issues that have become instant best-sellers. In addition, she writes poetry that has been published by Ediciones Viga in beautiful books designed by Rolando Estvez. At a young age Natalia received rigorous artistic training in Havana and New York, and later on became a nave visual artist whose work enriches the entire film. The presentation of this essential figure of Cuban culture and history is complemented by the insightful comments of Eusebio Leal, Nancy Morejn, Choco, Santiago Rodrguez Olazbal, Guillermo Jimnez, Jorge Perugorra, Reynaldo Gonzlez, and Monseor Carlos Manuel de Cspedes. The music has been created for this film by Juan Antonio Leyva and Magda Rosa Galvn. https://youtu.be/z_ZU9WhhwPA

     Screenings:

            2018: --Premiere at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, in Havana. Presented by Nancy Morejn (Feb. 27th).

            --Fundacin Caguayo, Santiago de Cuba. Presented by Teresa Melo and Nancy Morejn (March 17).

            --“mbitos de interpretacin de las culturas africanas contemporneas” Conference, at UNEAC, Havana. Presented by Gladys Garca Prez (March 26th).

            --“Poesa en movimiento” at the Asociacin de Escritores, at UNEAC, in Havana, accompanied by readings of poetry from Hait, fuego sagrado, by Natalia Bolvar (April 20th). Presented by Alex Pausides and Nancy Morejn (April 20th).

            --Ludwig Foundation, in Havana, Cuba (April 18)

            --Festival Internacional de Cine de Gibara 2018, Cuba (Julio 1-7).

*           Africa in Modern Cuban Dance: Eduardo Rivero /Africa en la danza moderna cubana: Eduardo Rivero (2017), ca. 42 minutes with subtitles in English. Direction y production Juanamaria Cordones-Cook. Comment: this film documents the life history and artistic legacy of Cuba’s great dancer and choreographer Eduardo Rivero (1936-2012) told by himself and by some of those who knew him well: Alberto Lescay, Nancy Morejn, Santiago Alfonso, Isidro Rolando and Natalia Bolvar, among others. A member of the founding generation of contemporary Cuban dance, Eduardo Rivero developed a unique and effective technique to dance and to teach. He created unforgettable choreographies and was a master of generations of dancers in Cuba, the Caribbean, Europe and Canada. In addition, the film is enriched by declarations of personalities of Cuban culture and clips of Rivero dancing and of several of his classics, such as Slkary, Okantom, Duo a Lam, among others. He was and still is –even after his death- a Master of Cuban Modern Dance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u83Je2OpPp4

     Screenings:

            2018: University of Missouri, celebrating Black History Month (February).

            2017: - Casa de las Amricas, Diversidad Cultural en el Caribe (May)

                      - Celebration of Black History Month, sponsored by Cambio Center, Universityh of MIssouri (Feb. 15)

                      - Galera Ren Cedeo, Santiago de Cuba (November), presented by Teresa Melo and Ada Lescay.

                      - Casa de la Memoria Escnica, in Matanzas for the Matanzas School of Dance (November 2017)

*        Una ruta afro-cubana: Zuleica Romay /An Afro-Cuban Journey: Zuleica Romay (2017), ca 34 minutos. Direction and production Juanamaria Cordones-Cook. Comment: documentary presents the oral history of Zuleica Romay, an award winning writer and a remarkable cultural leader, president of the Cuban Book Institute (2009-2016), and director of the Program of Afro American Studies at Casa de las Americas, since 2016. In her testimonial, Romay shares her life journey going back to her ancestral memories. She discusses her humble background and early experiences, her reflections on her development and her human environment, the awakening of her interest in books, the role of religion in her family. Romay reveals her independent and rebellious spirit, and at the same time her loyalty to the ideals of the Cuban Revolution that gave her the opportunity to be educated. In addition she discusses her thoughts about race in Cuba, the racialized vision of people, the naturalization of prejudice, as well as racism and racial discrimination in 21st century Cuba. Zuleica Romay asserts the need to have a ubiquitous social debate on racial issues, as well as a struggle against racism at several levels in order to give the problem and its consequences the visibility they deserve.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiggpWxL5G4  

        Screenings:

             2017: Black history Month Celebration University of MIssouri (February)

              2018: University of West Georgia: 33rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities, Intersectionalities/Interconnections/Liminalities (October 25- 27, 2018)

*        Lescay, alma y tierra / Earth and Soul (Cuba 2016) ca. 37 minutes with subtitles in English. Film on Alberto Lescay Merencio (Santiago de Cuba 1950), a prominent sculptor and painter. Artist is presented working in sculptures, paintings, and performances, in his own personal and creative environment in Santiago and in Havana. He discusses his family roots, his life, his world, and artistic objectives and accomplishments. Film shows a broad spectrum of his artwork including his magnificent paintings and bronze sculptures, icons of Cuban culture and history, prominently displayed throughout the island. In addition the film is enriched with comments by major Cuban intellectuals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGpqn_tdIz0

Award: The Centro Provincial del Libro y la Literatura y el Centro de Promocin literaria "Jos Soler Puig,” award (Santiago de Cuba);    

      Screenings: 2018: - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), St. Louis (April 5th)

                                - “Galera Ren Valds Cedeo,” in Santiago de Cuba celebrating “Festival del Fuego,” July 2018.

                                - “El Bazar de la Nueva Vida” at Sala Villena (UNEAC), presented by Nisia Agero and Nancy Morejn (July 21)

                     2017:  - Festival Internacional de Documentales Santiago lvarez In Memoriam in Santiago de Cuba (March).

                                - Fundacin Caguayo (November), presented by Teresa Melo and Ada Lescay.

                     2016:  - The University at Albany-SUNY (November);

                                - Festival Internacional de Poesa, in Havana, Cuba (May);

                                - Premiere at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba (May). 

*      Olazbal, un hacedor de objetos / a Maker of Objects (Cuba 2015), ca. 34 minutes. A priest of If, multimedia artist Santiago Rodrguez Olazbal (Havana 1955) expresses the profound grief of his African ancestors in his artwork. He discusses his personal and artistic development, visits his old friends in his childhood neighborhood and is shown drawing in charcoal human figures that he effectively complements with vibrant primary colors. The film displays a wide range of his bidimensional and tridimensional oeuvres and is enriched by remarks of outstanding personalities of the Cuban art scene..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EO5CnhdtFU

    Screenings:  2016: “Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance”, University of Missouri, Columbia; Festival Internacional de Poesa.

                           2015: Premiere at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes celebrating the Havana Biennial (Cuba);  

       Diversidad Cultural en el Caribe, International conference at Casa de las Amricas (May18); Fundacin Caguayo, the Lam Monument Park for the 2015 Biennial in Havana (May-June); San Francisco festival sponsored by the Turquino Project (July). 

*     El mundo mgico de Mendive / The Magical World of Mendive (2016), ca. 40 minutes long. Film offers a unique perspective into the personal and artistic world of Manuel Mendive, the leading contemporary Cuban artist. Creating in various genres, drawing, painting, body painting, soft and hard sculpture, installations, and performances, Mendive is also a Santera priest, whose spirituality permeates all of his art. This documentary shows a broad spectrum of his work and presents the artis painting in his studio in the midst of his tropical forest. He offers some unprecedented remarks on his early life, on African elements in his art while he discusses his aesthetics and his profound fascination with the creative process. This film is enriched with comments by major Cuban intellectuals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjXj3c2tMRo

    Review: “Estrenan en La Habana documental sobre el pintor cubano Manuel  Mendive”, by Julio Prez.

     http://www.radiohc.cu/noticias/cultura/55774-estrenan-en-la-habana-documental-sobre-el-pintor-cubano-manuel mendive

Screenings: 2016: “Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance”, University of Missouri, Columbia; Festival Internacional de Poesa, Havana (May); Festival Internacional de Poesa, La Habana (May). 2015: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes celebrating the Havana Biennial (Cuba); Diversidad Cultural en el Caribe, International conference at Casa de las Amricas (May18); Fundacin Caguayo at the Lam Monument Park for the 2015 Biennial in Havana (May-June); San Francisco festival sponsored by the Turquino Project (July); 2014: New Cinema Latin American Film Festival in Havana (December).

*     Choco (2014), ca. 29 minutes long. Documentary on Eduardo “Choco” Roca Salazar, an artist born in a working class family, who became a world famous print-maker. Film shows him at work in his Old Havana workshop, as well as visiting his former art school and a vast collection of his art work from the start of his career. Film is enriched by readings by Nancy Morejn and Pablo Milans, comments by prominent Cuban art critics, and music created for this film by Miguelito Nez.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC6lzrReMJE

     Screenings:

          2018: At the “Santiago Alvarez In Memoriam” international documentary festival, in Santiago de Cuba, March 15-21.

                      On Educatuional National Cuban TV fo “Celebrating 100 year birthday of Santiago Alvarez”.

          2016: ArteMorfosis Gallery, in Zrich (November) ; Massachussets College of Art and Design (October);

                      Afro-Cuban Artists: A Renaissance”, University of Missouri(April); Festival Internacional de Poesa, La Habana   (May).

     2015 -inaugurated Spring 2015 Cuban Cinema Series at the Cooper Gallery in conjunction with the Drapetomana exhibit of Afro-Cuban artists form the 1980’s, at the Hutchins Center for Africa and  African American Research, Harvard University. (February); Fundacin Caguayo screened at the Lam                                   Monument Park for the 2015 Biennial in Havana (May-June); Universidad del Uruguay, Montevideo                               (June); San Francisco mini festival sponsored by the Turquino Project (July).

      2014: Fbrica de Arte, La Habana, along with the opening of and exhibit of artwork by “Choco” (October 20); New Cinema Latin American Film Festival in Havana (December).

 

*     Rogelio Martnez Fur: Un griot cubano / A Cuban Griot (2014), ca. 30 minutes. Presentation of a writer, Africanist, scholar of folklore, and religion, and founder of the National Folkloric Ballet, in Havana and in his birthplace, Matanzas. Through conversations with Fur and other prominent Afro-Cuban intellectuals, as well as images of religious rituals and dances of the National Folkloric Ballet and the Olurum Group, film discloses layers of Cuba’s rich cultural heritage and African legacy. It portrays Fur as a contemporary griot, a repository of oral tradition who recovers and guards Afro-Cuban and Caribbean silenced memories and true identity.            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMSXEayoVtA

   Review: Georgina Herrera, February 2014.

Award: The Universidad de Oriente, Facultad de Educacin en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades award for a documentary on Rogelio Martnez Fur (Santiago de Cuba). 2017. 

   Screenings:

      2018: Bienal de la Oralidad Escnica, Teatro Cimarrn, Havana, Cuba.

             2017:  - Festival Internacional de Documentales Santiago lvarez In  Memoriam in Santiago de Cuba (March); 
                       
- Celebrating Balck History  Month, University of missouri (February 23)

                        - 8va. EDICIN, MUESTRA ITINERANTE DE CINE DEL CARIBE 2017

                        - UNEAC in Havana at El Bazar de la Nueva Vida, an event organized by Nisia Agero. Documentary was presented by Nancy Morejn.

     2016: International Book Fair, Havana (February); Ragtag Cinema, Columbia (April 13);

                -Festival Internacional de Poesa, La Habana (May).

    2015: Universidad del Uruguay, Montevideo, June; “Crculo Musical de Montevideo”, Uruguay (July );

                -Cine Cubano: Film Festival, A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition Bay Area, 2969 Mission St, San Francisco,

                California. (July 25);

                -Niebyl-Proctor Library, Oakland, CA (July);

                -San Francisco festival sponsored by the Turquino Project (July).

     2014: Premiere at MACA, in UNEAC, Havana. Presented by Georgina Herrera and Nancy Morejn, February                            11;

                -Fundacin Caguayo, in Santiago de Cuba, March 21;

                -Museum of the African Diaspora of San Francisco, Afro-Cuban Film Series, in conjunction with exhibition entitled Drapetomania: Grupo Antillano and  the Art of Afro Cuba, December 4th;

                -New Cinema Latin American Film Festival in Havana (December) 

*      Georgina Herrera Reads her Poetry (2013), Ca.7 minutes. Cuban writer Georgina Herrera reads aloud in Spanish several poems that illustrate her poetic sensibility and strong social consciousness. Descendant of slaves, staunch feminist, and defender of the socialist Cuban Revolution, Herrera's frank social criticism melds with her personal lyricism to produce a unique voice in Latin American poetry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeGX2huh2

 

*       Diago: Artista apalencado/A Maroon Artist (2013)ca. 27 minutes long. Presentation of multimedia artist, Juan Roberto Diago (1972), who understands the creative possibilities of recycling and bricolage and enriches his images by juxtaposing graffiti with racially contesting intent. He has labeled himself a “maroon artist” and his artwork results in “cultural resistance”. In this documentary, Diago openly discusses issues of race and poverty in contemporary Cuba, as well as their representation in his paintings and installations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWiPPtODvXU

         Screenings:

         2018:  University of West Georgia: 33rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in the Humanities,                                                               Intersectionalities/Interconnections/Liminalities” (October 25- 27, 2018)

                          -At the “Santiago Alvarez In Memoriam” international documentary festival, in Santiago de Cuba,  March 15-21.  

               2017: at UNEAC, in Havana, with round table with Nancy Morejn and artist Juan Roberto Diago

                          -Harvard University (March)

               2016: State University of New York at Albany (November);

                          -York College of Pennsylvania (March);  

               -Ragtag Cinema, Columbia (April 13);

                          -Festival Internacional de Poesa, La Habana (May).

             2015: Diversidad Cultural en el Caribe, International conference at Casa de las Amricas (May18);

                        -Fundacin Caguayo screened at the Lam Monument Park for the 2015 Biennial in Havana (May-June);                         

                        -Universidad de la Repblica del Uruguay, Montevideo, June;

                        -Inaugurated Spring 2015 Cuban Cinema Series at the Cooper Gallery in conjunction with the Drapeto-mana exhibit of Afro-Cuban artists form the 1980’s, at the Hutchins Center for Africa and African American Research, Harvard University;

                        -Niebyl-Proctor Library, Oakland, CA (July);

                        -San Francisco mini festival sponsored by the Turquino Project (July);

                        -Fundacin Caguayo at the Lam Monument Park for the 2015 Biennial in Havana (May-June).

            2014: Black History Month, University of Missouri, Columbia (February 11);

                        -Truman State University (February 26);

                        -Fundacin Caguayo, in Santiago de Cuba (March 21);

                        -Museum of the African Diaspora of San Francisco, Afro-Cuban Film Series, in conjunction with exhibition entitled Drapetomania: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro Cuba (December 4th);

                        -Truman State University (March).

              2013 -The Latin American New Cinema Festival in Arte y Tradicin, Havana (December).

 

*        Nancy Morejn: Paisajes clebres/Famous Landscapes (2013), ca 54 minutes long. Film presents contemporary Cuban culture and intellectual life through the world and artistic work of one of its most celebrated poets, Nancy Morejn (Havana 1944), as well as through the voices of prominent Cuban intellectuals. The music was performed by Richard Eges, Marta Valds, and Elena Burke. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=B2ZZq8pqHXg

         Presented: Maggie Mateo and Iraida Lpez, at LASA (2013)

         Reviews: Margarita Matteo Palmer, Afro-Hispanic Review. Volume 31, Number 2 (Fall 2012), 175-180; Miguel Lozano, “Acadmicos rinden homenaje a Nancy Morejn”, CUBADEBATE, contra el Terrorismo

                 Meditico (Junio  1, 2013): Astrid Barnet “Nancy Morejn, la ms importante poeta afrodescendiente de la lengua espaola contempornea”,

         Screenings:

                2018: Bienal de la Oralidad Escnica, Teatro Cimarrn, Teatro Cimarrn, Havana, Cuba.

                2017: Centro del Caribe, Santiago de Cuba, presented by Dr. Ral Ruiz Miyares.

                          Centro Dulce Mara Loynaz. “Imgenes y palabras” at “Fe de vida” presented by Aitana Alberti, on June 27th.

                2016: The University at Albany-SUNY (November);

                            Universit de La Sorbonne (October 14);

                            Universit de Lyon 2 (October 6);

                            Black History Month, invited by Cambio Center and MU Voz(February); Festival Internacional de Poesa, La Habana (May).

               2015: University of Missouri, presented by Dr. Patricia Gonzlez (Smith College) and Dr. Efran  Barradas (University of Florida) (April);  

                            San Francisco festival sponsored by the Turquino Project (July);

                            Richmond Main Library,  Civic Plaza Center, Richmond, California (December).

          2014: International Conference by the Universitat de Barcelona, Centre dona i literature: “Congreso  de Literatura y Cultura femenina Hispnica”, at Instituto de Literatura y Lingstica,  Havana, Cuba;

                        MACA, at UNEAC in Havana, presented by Rogelio Martnez Fur, May 2nd;

                        Encuentro: Universo Avellaneda”, in UNEAC, Havana;

                        Fundacin Caguayo, in Santiago de Cuba, presented by poet Teresa Melo, May 7;

                        San Francisco Public Library.

            2013    Havana’s International Book Fair, February;

                        Hebrew University of Jerusalem, International Conference, Cuba–Myth and Reality: Culture, History, Politics, May 26th;

                        LASA International Conference, Washington DC, May 30th;

                        “The Emerald Tablet”, Berkeley, May;

                        The Latin American New Cinema Festival, Havana, December.

 

*     Ediciones Viga (1985-2011): Abriendo archivos/Opening Archives (2013), ca. 7 hours and 30 minutes long. Viga’s principal designer Rolando Estvez chronologically reviews the entire collection of books, while highlighting technological changes, as well as innovations in aesthetic languages. Not a complete record, but close to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zAELtCdjKs4

 

*     Viga: Entre la palabra y la imagen / Between the Word and the Image (2012), ca. 98 minutes. A brief panoramic view of the evolution of the collective Ediciones Viga by its principal designer, Rolando Estvez.

   Screenings: 2014: Viga: Visual History RedLine Gallery, at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Special Collections Library.

 

*     La Habana expuesta, un diseo de Estvez/Havana on Display, a Design by Estvez (2012), ca.  21  minutes long. An anthology of poetry by Nancy Morejn, edited by J Cordones-Cook. Documentary on the design of a book to be reproduced 200 times by the craftsmen and women of Ediciones Viga as presented by Rolando Estvez founder and principal designer of the press. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hks31h75Kw&feature=relmfu

      Review: David Vila. Afro-Hispanic Review Vol. 34. Number 2. Fall 2015. 191-193.

      Screenings:  2017: “The Art of the Book and  entrepreneurship”, University of Arkansas (April 18)

                2016: State University of New York at Albany (November); Universit Lumiere de Lyon 2  (October);

                            Festival Internacional de Poesa, La Habana (May).

                2015: Niebyl-Proctor Library, Oakland, CA (July).

                2014: Truman State University (February); Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco,                                        September.    

                2013: Instituto Cervantes library in conjunction with the Institut Ibero Americanisches, in Berlin                            (January);

                         Havana’s International Book Fair (February); The Emerald Tablet, Berkeley (March);

                         Centre for Cuban Studies-New York, Summer Film Series (June);         

                         The New Latin American Cinema Film Festival in Havana, Cuba (December);

                2012: Cultural Bricolage International Conference, UMC (November);                     

                          University of Houston (November); University of Michigan (December).

 

*     Ediciones Viga: Poticas visuales / Visual Poetics (2012), ca. 51 minutes long. with English subtitles. The development and evolution of the press, the production of Vigia books as well as interviews with Viga craftsmen and women, and numerous other prominent Cuban intellectuals who have been involved with this press from its inception, such as poet laureate Nancy Morejn, composer Marta Valds, art historian Adelaida de Juan, anthropologist  Ruth Behar, among others. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iK-dYtsXPmU 

   Review: Charles Geyer. Afro-Hispanic Review. Afro-Hispanic Review Vol. 34. Number 2. Fall 2015. 183-185.

   Screenings: 2017: “The Art of the Book and  entrepreneurship”, University of Arkansas Library (March 14)

                 2016: Festival Internacional de Poesa, La Habana (May).

    2015: Niebyl-Proctor Library, Oakland, CA (July).

    2014: New Cinema Latin American Film Festival in Havana (December);

          Discover the Art of Latin American Books (And Make Your Own) at “Subversive   Works/Sustainable Art", event on the art of the bookat the University of Southern  California     Libraries;

          Ediciones Viga Books: A Visual History,” RedLine Gallery, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Special Collections Library. Oct–Dec.;

          University of Michigan.

     2013: Instituto Cervantes library in conjunction with the Institut-Ibero Americanisches, in Berlin, Germany (January);  

          Centre for Cuban Studies-New York, Summer Film Series (June);

          International Book Fair, Havana, Cuba (February);

          The Emerald Tablet, Berkeley (March);

          Latin American Studies Association Film Festival, Washington DC (May); h

                 Centre for Cuban Studies-New York, Summer Film Series (June).

     2012: MU Cultural Bricolage Conference (November);

                      University of Houston (November); University of Michigan (December)

 

*      Un libro nico de Estvez/A One-of-a-Kind Book by Estevz (2012) ca. 14 minutes long. The conception and creation of a one-of-a-kind art-object book on the poem “I Love My Master” by Nancy Morejn.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud3nQamdxUY&feature=relmfu 

   Screenings: 2016: Festival Internacional de Poesa, La Habana (May).

    2015: Universidad del Uruguay, Montevideo (June).

    2014: San Francisco Public Library (September).

    2013: Havana’s International Book Fair (February);

          The Emerald Tablet, San Francisco (March);

          New York Centre for Cuban Studies, Summer Film Series (June).

    2012: Cultural Bricolage Conference, Columbia (November);

          University of Houston (November); 

          University of Michigan (December).

 

*     Battle: Change from within (2012), ca. 56 minutes long. This documentary explores in depth the life of Eliot Battle, a Columbia educator who played a pivotal role in desegregating schools, housing, and the community. As he facilitated changes with quiet resolve, he faced resistance from both the black and white communities. His calm demeanor and dedicated work within existing institutions and systems allowed him to bridge the gap between the two races and change Columbia for the better. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aouPdS6Lpw 

          The Telly Award, selected among 12,000 entries form all 50 states and numerous foreign countries (2013).

          First Place Award, KC Film Fest Best Heartland Feature Documentary (2013).

          Emmy Award nomination (September 2014)

   Screenings: Numerous screenings in public and cultural insitutions and schools throughout Missouri and Kansas City since 2012 to the present.

    2015: Instituto de Literatura y Lingstica, Havana, Cuba (December);

         Public Schools in Columbia and Kansas City.

    2013: Ragtag Cinema, Columbia, Missouri;

         San Diego Black Film Festival (February);

         Kansas City FilmFest, at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet (April);

         New Hope Film Festival, Pennsylvania (July);

         St. Louis Film Festival (November); 

         Screened in US national television, KMIZ.

    2014: National Television, in USA;

         The University of Missouri, Columbia (numerous times 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

    2012: Premiere at the University of Missouri (February 25th);

         Multiple screenings through the city of Columbia, the School of  Education, High Schools in Missouri, and the Rotary Club.

 

*     Cimarroneando con G.H (2011), ca. 30 minutes long. with English subtitles. Candid interview with Georgina Herrera, answers are illustrated by poetry read by Herrera, by African art objects and Cuban paintings. This documentary accompanies a bilingual anthology of Herrera’s poems, Always a Rebel / Cimarroneando  (Chico, California: CubanaBooks, 2014). http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dxlDAoBZwyo

   Screenings:

                    2018: “Santiago Alvarez In Memoriam” documentary Festival in Santiago de Cuba (March).

                   2016: Festival Internacional de Poesa, La Habana (May)

    2015: Niebyl-Proctor Library, Oakland, CA (July);

                     Specs”, William Saroyan Place, San Francisco (July);

                     San Francisco festival sponsored by the Turquino Project (July)

    2014: “Encuentro: Universo Avellaneda”, in UNEAC, Havana (March);

         “4ta. Conferencia Internacional de Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos de Negritud", Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia (Marzo);

         International conference by the Universitat de Barcelona, Centre dona i literature: “Congreso de Literatura y Cultura femenina Hispnica”, Instituto de Literatura y Lingstica, La Habana, Cuba         (November).

    2012: Black History Month, University of Missouri, Columbia (February).

    2011: UNEAC, Havana, Cuba (March); University of Missouri, International Symposium on Georgina Herrera (April).

    2013: Seminar on African Sciences with filmmakers, University of Humboldt, Berlin, Germany; International Book Fair, Havana, Cuba (February).

 

     La silla dorada (2010), ca. 90 minutes long. Audiovisual anthology of poetry by Nancy Morejn filmed. The Poet reads 52 of her most celebrated poems. Film accompanies anthology of Morejn’s poetry published by Letras Cubanas in 2015.

   Screenings: 2011: UNEAC, Havana, Cuba 

                         2010: University of Missouri, Columbia.

 

Links/Enlaces

top

Juanamaria Cordones Cook

For sale: documentaries On Cuban Artists And Poets by Juanamara Cordones-Cook (downloads/descargas).  These films are also available as DVDs

Honors & Awards

Contacting AfroCubaWeb

Electronic mail
     acw_AT_afrocubaweb.com [replace _AT_ with @]

[AfroCubaWeb] [Site Map] [Music] [Arts] [Authors] [News] [Search this site]

Copyright 1997-2013 AfroCubaWeb, S.A.