"Tú si le das valor a la música,
no es solo para acompañar bajito. En tu documental la música se escucha,
se ve, se siente." -- Lucía Huergo
Gloria Rolando's career as film director spans over 35 years at ICAIC, the
Cuban national film institute. She also heads an independent film-making
group, Imágenes del Caribe, based in Havana. She calls the series of her
films "Histories and Images of Our People" and many them
can be ordered through
AfroCubaWeb. They include, in chronological order:
4) "El Alacrán / The Scorpion," 2000, deals with the carnaval in Havana and one comparsa especially, El Alacrán, which was founded in 1908 and dedicated to Yemaya. Available, with English subtitles, DVD, 20 min.
5) "Raices de Mi Corazon/Roots of My Heart," 2001, feature film on the 1912 genocide when over 6,000 members of the Independents of Color, the first black political party outside of Haiti, were massacred by the Cuban Army. This independently produced feature film follows a young woman as she finds out about her families roots, which includes disturbing revelations around the 1912 Genocide (El Doce). Available with English subtitles, DVD, 51 min.
6) "Los Marqueses de Atarés," 2003, a documentary about another Havana comparsa, or carnival group, which continues her group's strategy of rescuing and preserving afrocuban cultural expressions. Very well received in the Atarés neighborhood and other centers such as the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional. In Spanish. Premiered in 2002, available in Spanish only, but worth getting even if you don't know Spanish -- many great Carnaval scenes. Available in DVD, en español, 46 min.
7) "Nosotros y el Jazz / The Jazz in Us," 2004. The goal of this documentary is to relate a chapter in the history shared by Afrocubans and African Americans through their common culture. English subtitles. Not released commercially.
8) “Pasajes Del Corazón y La Memoria” (Historias de Cubanos y Caimaneros), 2007. English: Cherished Island Memories. The story of the founding of Jacksonville, Isle of Youth, Cuba, by immigrants from the Cayman Islands. Available in DVD, with English subtitles. 38 min.
9) 1912: Breaking the Silence Chapter 1 / 1912, Voces para un Silencio, Capitulo 1, 2010. First chapter in a documentary series on the Massacre of 1912. Available in DVD, with English subtitles. 46 min.
10) 1912: Breaking the Silence, Chapter 2 / 1912, Voces para un Silencio, Capitulo 2, 2011. Second chapter in a documentary series on the Massacre of 1912. Available in DVD, with English subtitles. 58 min.
11) 1912: Breaking the Silence, Capitulo 3 / 1912, Voces para un Silencio, Capitulo 3, 2012. Third chapter in a documentary series on the Massacre of 1912. Available in DVD, with English subtitles. 58 min.
12) Reembarque / Reshipment, 2014. The story of Haitian immigrants to Oriente in the early 20th century and their forced repatriation after the sugar market crashed. With extensive footage of the Haitian Cuban group Desandann. Available in DVD, with English subtitles. 58 min.
Interviews & Articles
Raices Negras, Aliento Universal,
Gloria entrevisada por Mercedes Santos, 2007
Biographical Notice of Gloria Rolando with an extensive portfolio listing and a statement of purpose.
Afrocubanas, historia, pensamiento y prácticas culturales, "Mis Razones", por Gloria Rolando, 15/2/12
Kiley Acosta arranged to have this interview with Gloria Rolando filmed while she did the translating, in 2014:
ROLANDO (filmmaker) on Cuba, race & gender, documentary films (Int. Kiley
Acosta) pt 1 1/8/2016 YouTube, Kiley Acosta: "Gloria Rolando
(filmmaker) discusses race & gender representation, documentary filmmaking,
and her film on Cuba’s Independent Party of Color (1908). Interpreter: Kiley
Guyton Acosta, PhD. Video by: Susan Martinez Casa de las Américas. Havana,
Gloria Rolando will be coming to the US in April 2017 at the Kentucky Center
for African American Heritage in Louisville from April 6th to the 8th. Her
next date is for the month of May at the Oblate Sisters in Baltimore to
research her new film. She has time available between the 9th and the end of
the month of April. If interested, please contact Cristina Romero at
awg_AT_afrocubaweb.com (replace _AT_ with @).
Gloria Rolando is on a fall tour from September 2nd to October 7th to première Dialogo con mi abuela - Dialog with My Grandmother.
She will have the following public presentations:
Eyes of the Rainbow, Reembarque: Richmond, CA - June 13, 2015 a rare showing of Eyes of the Rainbow with Assata Shakur, no longer commercially available, along with Reembarque on the Haitian immigration into Cuba.
ADIFF CHICAGO: RESHIPMENT (RE-EMBARQUE)
Reshipment (Re-embarque) – Q&A after the screening
Sat., June 13 @ 8:30 pm
Preceded by a reception at 7:30 pm
The African Diaspora International Film Festival is showing Gloria Rolando's Reembarque/Reshipment and Oggun in NY, Fri March 27, 2015. Oggun is part of the Candomble & Santeria Program.
1912: Breaking the Silence (all 3 chapters) are featured at the Pan
African Film Festival in LA. PAFF had over 100,000
attendees in 2014.
www.paff.org/films/1912-breaking-the-silence - Screenings Sunday, February 8 @ 12:30pm; Tuesday, February 10 @ 8:40pm; Monday, February 16 @ 8:05pm
www.paff.org/films/oggun-an-eternal-presence - Screenings Saturday, February 7 @ 12:00pm; Friday, February 13 @ 5:50pm; Monday, February 16 @ 12:30pm
Follow www.facebook.com/gloriarolandofilms for updates.
Fourth Conference of Afro-Latin Studies, 3/2014 - Cartagena, Colombia: Gloria Rolando is keynote speaker.
Gloria Rolando presents in Miami at Liberi Mapou in Little Haiti, 4/16/13 at 6pm.
5919 NE 2nd Ave Miami FL
See Facebook event page.
Cinnamon Traveler Heritage Trust presents:
Herstory Independent Film Festival
featuring the U.S. premiere of all three chapters of Cuban film director
1912: Voces para un Silencio -- 1912: Breaking the
Atlanta, GA, March 20 - April 6, 2013
Gloria Rolando US Tour, Fall 2012
- Cuban scholars, filmmaker commemorate the 1912 Massacre
in a 2012 visit to the US: Gloria Rolando, Tomás Fernández Robaina, Roberto
Texas Southern University
TSU R.J.T Library •The College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences
Premier en los cines Yara y Acapulco del documental de Gloria Rolando sobre “el Partido Independiente de Color”, la Habana, 11 de agosto, 2010. Intervinieron muchos intelectuales, historiadores y personalidades de la cultura cubana, le hicieron muchisimos elogios al documental en todos los sentidos y estan esperando ya la segunda parte.
US Tour: 2010: 1912, Breaking the Silence
1912:Breaking the Silence/1912, Voces para un Silencio, Biblioteca Nacional, 19/3/10
Cinema Kingston heads out on high note
Lynn Rees Lambert
Local News - Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Updated @ 3:35:28 PM
Cinema Kingston is focusing on a musical note this fall when the once a month Sunday features highlight the theme of music and musicals from around the world. Up first, Sunday, Sept. 16, is Roots of My Heart and Eyes of the Rainbow by Cuban director Gloria Rolando. The director will be at the screening.
"Raíces de mi corazon" (Roots of my heart), an independently produced short feature film, deals with the 1912 massacre of many thousands of members of the Independents of Colour,the hemisphere’s first black political party outside Haiti. Eyes of the Rainbow considers the life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Armyleader who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba, where she has lived for close to 15 years.
Rolando’s career spans over 20 years and she heads an independent filmmaking group, Imágenes del Caribe, based in Havana. Cinema Kingston is sponsored by the Department of Film Studies at Queen’s University and is part of the Toronto International Film Festival Group’s Film Circuit.
LIA011 Panel Thursday Sep 6 6:00 - 7:45 pm St-Laurent - Hilton
La mujer cubana en el cine y en las artes
Organizer : Flora Gonzalez-Mandri, Emerson College
Chair(s) : Flora Gonzalez-Mandri, Emerson College
De la memoria a la actualidad en las obras de Rolando y Jiménez: Flora Gonzalez-Mandri, Emerson College
La creación de Imágenes del Caribe: Gloria Rolando, ICAIC, CUBA
Discussant(s) : Nancy Morejón, Casa de las Américas, CUBA
See lasa.international.pitt.edu/congress/documents/LASA2007Program/LASA2007-Thursday.pdf for more details.
LIA045 Panel Friday Sep 9 10:00 - 11:45 am Silver West 1 - Normandie
Raza e Historia en Raices de mi corazón de Gloria Rolando: Flora González-Mandri, Emerson College
See lasa.international.pitt.edu/lasa2006_archive/2006program/LASA2006-Friday.pdf for more details.
In the municipality of Baraguá, in the province of Ciego de Avila, Cuba, the stories and customs of the English-speaking West Indians and their descendants still remain alive. Today, they are a part of Cuba. For some, there is always the nostalgia for the country to which they will never return; others believe their culture is totally part of today’s Cuba. Gloria Rolando’s poetic documentary is an important contribution to the history of the Afro Cuban people, and to the study of the African diaspora in the Caribbean. See My Footsteps in Baraguá
|Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando will present her new
groundbreaking feature about the 1912 Cuban genocide when over 6,000
members of the Independents of Color, the first black political party
outside of Haiti, were massacred by the Cuban Army.
This independently produced video feature follows a present-day AfroCuban woman, Mercedes, as she begins to decipher her family secrets through a photo of her great-grandparents. Between reality and the world of her dreams, she learns about the ties this couple had with the Independents of Color. As she uncovers her family's roots she discovers revelations about the Genocide. Through her work, Rolando aims to rescue of our collective memory in the search for our roots as she contributes to the knowledge and understanding of the history of the African Diaspora in this century.
Ms. Rolando will also show excerpts from a new work-in-progress.
For event details, see Upcoming Events, Milwaukee Coalition to Normalize Relations with Cuba
Word is in from Havana: historian Tomas Robaina introduced Raices at the Biblioteca Nacional. Gisela Arandia is introducing it shortly at the UNEAC and it will also be shown at the Union de Periodistas, the Reporters' Union. The buzz made its way to Cuban television and radio, which reported favorably on its release. See Roots of My Heart Premieres in Havana, 2/11, by Gloria Rolando
El Alacrán has just been re-released with English subtitles, giving us subtitles or English version on all of Gloria's movies except for Raices. Gloria is prepared to give an introduction in English to Raices and also lead a discussion in English afterwards. In addition, we will shortly have an extensive summary of the film in English for distribution before the tour.
Gloria is now at work on a new film, Historias de mis abuelos, another independent production deals with the black organizations in Cuba that pre-date 1959 and have their roots in the 19th century. She will be promoting this project in her Spring 2001 tour.
by HASEENAH EBRAHIM
|"As you may know I was very impressed with Gloria Rolando
as an Afro-Cuban female filmmaker. I feel fortunate to have been able to
interview her on my radio program, "In Unison," while she was in Boston,
Massachusetts. The quality and technical level of her films is excellent, I
have seen "The Eyes of the Rainbow and "Oggun" and when it is considered how
difficult conditions are in Cuba due to the economic embargo imposed by this
country, the United States of America, one cannot help but give her and her
production crew a standing ovation for persevering under such duress.
Ms. Rolando has taken a compelling subject, Assata Shakur, and presented her in a very human light that incorporates her spirit to live in an inter-generational fashion. She has blended past, present, and future to give us an unique view into the present day circumstances of a controversial figure. Gloria Rolando's expertise can be felt in the way she blended images of nature and culture into her description of Assata Shakur.
As Ms. Rolando tours the United States with her film I hope that anyone that reads these comments and is not yet convinced that they need to change their schedules, bring their friends and see this new work of Ms. Rolando and her production crew realizes that they are wrong....and yes they do need to see..."The Eyes of the Rainbow," not once but again, again, and again. Thank you Gloria and Assata Shakur." -- Nina LaNegra, host, "Say It Loud," WILD radio, Boston, currently at BlackTalk Radio, www.realblacktalk.com
|Adventure Divas - Cuba: Paradox Found
Holly Morris tours Cuba and spotlights several people, including rap group Instinto, filmmaker Gloria Rolando and
former Black Panther Assata Shakur.
Parental guidance rating: TVPG
See www.adventuredivas.com for more info.
IMDb entry for Gloria Rolando
When in Cuba, Gloria Rolando can be reached at home by phone at tel: 011 53 7 862 7904 and by mail at:
Obispo #356, 3ra piso, apto 3
Entre Habana y Compostela
Habana, Cuba 10100