United States premier of Reembarque, a triumph, 9/28/14
|Angela Davis, Keorapetse "Willie"
Kgositsile, Gloria Rolando
Cuba-born Gloria Rolando’s film
Reembarque made its North American debut last Saturday at the
¿With/Out Borders? Conference on the picturesque campus of Kalamazoo
College in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Sponsored by the Kalamazoo Arcus Center for Social justice Leadership,
¿With/Out Borders? attracted luminaries such as American political
activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis and South Africa’s first
National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse “Willie” Kgositsile.
Screened in the presence of College President Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran,
students, faculty, and academics from the US and points beyond,
Reembarque’s American premier screening earned a standing ovation from
an audience of progressive activists and thinkers.
Reembarque, in the vein of Rolando’s Breaking the Silence,
even as it exposes a forgotten chapter of Cuba’s history, does it with the
hand of a director committed to a full accounting of her country’s history
in all its flawed brilliance.
Tested under the eyes of a knowledgeable audience in complete solidarity
with Cuba and all that it stands for, Reembarque was praised for
its outstanding historical research, its cinematic quality, and its
brilliant portrayal of the Haitian/Cuban creole culture. It does so with a
clear and descriptive script written by Rolando, coloured by
Huergo’s wonderful musical score, the performance of the Grupo Vocal
Desandann, and the moving theme song composed and sung in both Spanish and
French creole by Ebenezer Seme Santiago.
The Caribbean Camera Newspaper