Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Imagining Cuba: Emerging Documentary Filmmaking and Social Change with Filmmaker Damián Sainz

November 2nd, 2017

Gibson Hall Room 325

Damián Sainz (Havana, Cuba, 1986) graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte in 2010 with a degree in Media Arts, and from the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de los Baños with a degree in Documentary Direction. Sainz has worked as director, editor, and producer in documentary films in Cuba, Canada, Switzerland, and Spain. His short documentary films, focused on LGBTQ culture on the island and Cuban youth, have been selected and awarded in several international film festivals. Sainz teaches documentary cinema several institutions. He lives and works as an independent filmmaker in Havana, Cuba.

Sainz will present his talk titled “Imagining Cuba: Emerging Documentary Filmmaking and Social Change.” As Cuba’s government redirects its horizons, independent young filmmakers on the island are trying to build their own space to speak outside the mainstream institutions. By reconstructing the past and exploring the complexity of the present, most of their work imagines a more just and equal country. This talk addresses the struggle of this emerging generation of Cuban filmmakers in order to empower their voices within a complex context of social change. Given in English.

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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.