Unfortunately filmmaker Eric Corvalán had to cancel plans for this trip at the last minute. We’ll try to get a copy the movie and show it at a later date.
Award-winning Cuban filmmaker Eric Corvalán Pelle will introduce his 35-minute documentary Race (Raza): A Cuban Documentary in Colors (2009) on Monday, April 22, at 7:00 at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, next to the Orpheum Theatre at the Park Street MBTA Station.
Alternating opinions expressed by everyday citizens with interviews of prominent Cuban intellectuals and artists, Race (Raza) explores what Cubans think and believe about race, racial discrimination in Cuba, and the unacknowledged debt owed to Cubans of African descent. Set against the successes of the Revolution, the film addresses the difficult debate over how a revolutionary society can persevere in tackling the unfinished work of bringing social justice to all its members. Corvalán has continued to work on the issues of race/racism in Cuba as a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).
Corvalán’s other documentary that he is bringing with him is Huellas (Footprints) 2018, about violence against women.
Corvalán is a native of Cuba whose heritage is Chilean and French. He appears frequently at international and domestic conferences and film festivals to screen his films, participate on panels, and present keynote addresses related to his film projects and interests, which currently include explorations of race, and gender and family violence. Corvalán has a degree in Audiovisual Communication (Film, Radio and Television) from Havana’s Higher Institute of Art; he is also a member of the National Audiovisual Association in Cuba, SGAE (General Society of Authors and Publishers, in Spain), and the General Campaign of the UN: Join to End Violence Against Women. He is currently working on a book, Raza: Chronicles of a Filming.
Corvalán’s US tour was announced last fall by John Waller, IFCO/Pastors for People Friendship Caravan Coordinator, that he was “being invited to visit Seattle in April as a guest of US Women and Cuba Collaboration and Seattle-Cuba Friendship Committee. We are excited to bring Eric Corvalán and his film, Race/Raza to the Seattle area and we are seeking possible other cities for Mr. Corvalán to tour.” But it was not until Sunday, April 7, a day after a special Northeast tour was set with Hartford, CT and Albany, NY that the Boston program was finalized.
During this 60th anniversary year of the Cuban Revolution, the July26 Boston-Cuba Solidarity Coalition is especially pleased to be hosting this event.
Mel King is being invited to comment on the program, the parallels between Afro-Cuban and Afro-American movements, and their lessons for the fight for social justice in our respective countries.