Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

"Dialogo con mi abuela" : A film by Gloria Rolando

September 22nd, 2016
5:30PM

Location
100A Jones Hall, Greenleaf Conference Room

Please join us for a special screening of the film, Dialogo con mi abuela (Dialogue with my grandmother) [2015, 40min], followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker, Gloria Rolando. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University.

Of the film, Rolando says, “My grandmother, Inocencia Armas Abreu, was not a famous artist, nor did she distinguish herself in the sciences. She was a poor Black woman, who was born in the Province of Santa Clara, Cuba in 1906, and died in Havana in 1999… In my grandmother’s hands, and those of so many black women, we find the foundation of the past and the traces of forgotten memory of a silenced aspect of Cuban history.”

Through the story of her grandmother, Rolando addresses the lives of Afrocubans in the generation after slavery ended. She brings to light images and voices of Black women whose roughened hands- from ironing, cooking, and cleaning in order to educate their children and give them opportunities- offer a vision different from touristic Cuba. The film features a soundtrack by Grupo Vocal Baobab and is subtitled in English.

Gloria Rolando’s career as film director spans over 35 years at ICAIC, the Cuban national film institute. Her films have won numerous prizes and been presented at over 100 universities and film festivals worldwide. She also heads an independent film-making group, Imágenes del Caribe, based in Havana.

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