Minnesota Cuban Film Festival
For decades, U.S. views of Cuban culture have been distorted by restricted access, reduced to archival footage of Fidel Castro cursing the evils of capitalism and American officials reacting with menacing rhetoric over the scourge of communism. In recent years, however, such dogma has slowly faded thanks to a gradual easing of prohibitions between our nations. Consequently, now seems an ideal time to revisit our Caribbean neighbors. Short of actually journeying to Havana, aspiring travelers can obtain an ideally immersive passage via the third annual Minnesota Cuban Film Festival, hosted by St. Anthony Main Theater. Co-sponsored by the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Minnesota Cuban Committee, the festival offers a Cuban film every Thursday, collaboratively selected by the Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) and Cuba's international film school, Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV). The resultant lineup reflects an unvarnished study of contemporary Cuba, ruminating over prejudice (Habanastation), the AIDS crisis (Boleto al Paraíso), sexual orientation (En el Cuerpo Equivocado), and generational conflict (Casa Vieja). Two classic films celebrating Cuban's musical legacy (Nosotros, la Música and Yo soy, del Son a la Salsa) lend an irrepressible cheer to the social snapshot. With each film preceded by a matching short and followed by an audience discussion, the fest promises a deeper exploration of Cuban culture than images glimpsed from a chartered tour bus. Visit www.minnesotacubacommittee.org for more info. (Pictured: Habanastation)
Thursdays, 7 p.m. Starts: Feb. 23. Continues through March 29, 2012
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