Cuban filmmakers at the Traverse City Film Festival
A Cuban delegation of filmmakers traveled to the United States to participate in the Traverse City Film Festival founded by American documentary director Michael Moore.
During the inauguration of the event, Michael Moore exhorted the public to watch the Cuban films included in the program of the event and introduced actress Mirtha Ibarra and director Ian Padrón, and gave them the Key to the City in recognition of their work and career. Also in Michigan was another prestigious Cuban movie director, Juan Carlos Cremata, whose full-length film Viva Cuba, co-directed with Iraida Malberti, was also included in the program of the Festival.
Other Cuban films to be screened include El Cuerno de la abundancia (The Horn of Plenty), by Juan Carlos Tabío; Fuera de Liga (Out of the League), by Ian Padrón; and Fresa y Chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate), by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío. Furthermore, all members of the island’s delegation will participate in a panel entitled ‘We Live in Cuba and We Make Films’.
Michael Moore founded this film festival in Traverse, a tourist area located in Northern Michigan —Moore’s hometown—, where he began his activism against big corporations. The event takes place from late July to early August, and includes free outdoor screening of films.
In addition to outdoor film screenings, national and foreign productions are exhibited in several movie theaters of the city for which tickets are sold. Box-office receipts and private donations cover the Festival’s budget of almost 150 thousand dollars. Although Moore is a pioneer of a militant cinema, he has said that this festival does not have a political nature and it is essentially devoted to promote art and culture.
Source: Cuba Now
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