Cuba’s unique culture and history will be in the spotlight during this year’s Hispanic Cinema Retrospective.
“This festival is an opportunity to salute all the changes in Cuba and to encourage different perspectives—that are hard to come by through general commercial films—on a country that has overcome so many difficulties,” says UBC Spanish Prof. Bernard Schulz-Cruz. “The differences in aesthetics make this retrospective of Hispanic cinema a refreshing change from the ordinary.”
The Retrospective begins October 12, with two films that evening, and continues every Wednesday until November 2. The films are free and open to the public at 7 p .m. at Okanagan College Theatre. The films will have English subtitles, but may also contain coarse language, nudity, sex or violence.
“The retrospective not only satisfies the academic and cultural needs of students and colleagues, it also creates a bridge between Kelowna, our university and Okanagan College,” says Schulz-Cruz. “It’s an opportunity to promote our academic schools as pluralistic institutions, concerned with international affairs while also contributing to the cultural and artistic life of the city. And Cuban cinema has established itself as one of the most creative and best in Latin America.”
The Hispanic Cinema Retrospective is presented by the Spanish Program, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan, in partnership with the department of Modern Languages, Spanish and International Education, Okanagan College.
Hispanic Cinema Retrospective calendar
- Oct 12: Rodando en La Habana: Bicycle Stories. The documentary explores the cultural meaning of bicycling and community today in the Caribbean capital.
- Also Oct 12: To Dance like a Man. Triplets Angel, Cesar and Marcos, age 11, all want the same thing: a role in a major ballet production at Havana’s celebrated Grand Theatre. Who will be chosen?
- Oct 19: El Benny. Music is a part of the soul of Cuba. This film features the life of one of the greatest Cuban musicians.
- Oct 26: Death of a Bureaucrat. A young man attempts to fight the system in an entertaining account of bureaucracy run amok and the tyranny of red tape.
- Nov 3: Viva Cuba. This film shows the ups and downs of life; where even in a socialist country it is difficult to overcome a family’s social standing.