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From the Cuba Media Project of the Americas Media Initiative
Cuban Animations from the Young Directors Film Festival
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Eight short animated films - most without words - that demonstrate an impressive range of themes and techniques. All these shorts screened at Havana's Young Directors Film Festival, which is Cuba's premier showcase for young cinematic talent.

Imaginary Boys: Two children, two apartments, two closets, and a drawing ripped in half. This haunting short captures a moment of childhood melancholia.

8 Ways To Get Sick: Progressing from simple black-and-white line drawings to archival footage, this film playfully uses overt and implied imagery to illustrate the axiom that "sex is everything."

Tick Tock: Death comes outfitted with the latest technology. But he meets his match in an old man who outwits him - and finds love in the process.

How Does One Completely Disappear? A desk and chair terrify a young man in this pixillated short that pays homage to Norman McLaren's classic A Chairy Tale.

The Suit: An outwardly successful official is depressed over the mind-numbing repetitiveness of his work and life, which are in sharp contrast to his child's creativity... for now.

The Seamstress: Meet a seamstress who uses her tools and materials to (literally) mend broken hearts and a host of other ills - until she pays a steep price.

The Revenge: A man living in an apartment in a gritty urban neighbourhood just wants to get some well-deserved rest. But nature has other plans for him and his neighbours in this animation made with cut-outs.

Modern Communities: In a classic reversal, an anthropologist from the developing world examines the rituals and behaviours of Western women, skewering our unattainable ideals of beauty.

  • 8 Formas de Enfermar / 8 Ways to Get Sick (Leandro de la Rosa), 4 min., 2009

  • Como Desaparecer completamente /How to Completely Disappear (Harold Rensoli), 3 min., 2009

  • El Traje / The Suit (Abdel and Adrián de la Campa), 5 min., 2010

  • La Revancha / The Revenge (Ivette Ávila), 3 min, 2009

  • Tic Tac / Tick Tock (Alien Ma Alfonso), 6 min., 2008

  • Nińos imaginarios / Imaginary Boys (Alien Ma Alfonso), 4 min., 2010

  • La Costurera / The Seamstress (Ivette Ávila), 6 min., 2010

  • Comunidades Modernas/Modern Communities (Lester Harbert Noguel), 3 min., 2008


35 minutes / color
Release: 2013
Copyright: 2012
Sale: $248

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Subject areas:
Animated Films, Caribbean, Cuba, Latin American Studies

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They Would All Be Queens: The stories of women from the Soviet Union who married Cuban men and moved to Cuba before the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

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