Whose Media is it Anyway?: Community and Independent Media in Cuba

WhenJanuary 20, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:20 PM
Event Websitehttps://uchicagogroup.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpceivqj0qEtV5_Of9nogrJuqPX28uCWz9
Contact InformationCenter for Latin American Studies
DescriptionAlexandra Halkin, Director, Americas Media Initiative

While there are many opinions about what constitutes “independent” media in contemporary Cuba, there are certain undeniable facts. The Cuban government owns all of the cinemas, TV channels and other screening venues such as film festivals. Up until very recently there existed no legal framework for independent producers to be recognized and receive funding. Community media projects must be connected to a government entity to be eligible for support. But even with this seemingly endless government control the Cuban film landscape has remained diverse and filled with interesting and compelling socio-political critique and visual experimentation. How does this happen and who are the most important players behind the scenes producing and funding these films and community media initiatives? Alexandra Halkin, Director of Americas Media Initiative (AMI) will discuss AMI’s work in Cuba supporting filmmakers and community media initiatives. The talk will be followed by a screening of a recent animated short Halkin produced in collaboration with Mengana, an animation collective based in Santa Clara, Cuba.

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