1912: Breaking the Silence - Afro Cuban film by Gloria Rolando


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Will be showing in DC tomorrow. Ms. Rolando has also made a film on West Indians from the English speaking territories who have migrated to Cuba.

Coming to Your City...
African Awareness Association Inc.
A Premier Film Screaming of: "1912: Breaking the Silence" and Dinner Reception
Afro-Cuban Perspectives & Experiences from Cuba on the Struggle for Freedom,
Equality, Social Justice & Representation
African Awareness Association & A-APRP (GC) Delegation - July 2010 with Gloria Rolando
Cuban World Renowned Filmmaker, Havana, Cuba
Keynote Speakers:
Gloria Rolando, Cuban Filmmaker, ICAC-Cuban National Film Institute
Dr. Tomas Fernandez Robaina, Cuban National Archives

Nov 17, 2012 The Screening of 1912 Breaking the Silence (DC) - Eventbrite
For information call: (804) 549-7492 Lee
Nov. 17, 2012 call (202) 553-0815 Skip

1912, Breaking the Silence, Chapter 1

1912, Breaking the Silence is the title for a project consisting of three chapters dedicated to the history of the Party of the Independents of Color (PIC). An approximation, a tentative sketch necessary for this little known part of Cuba's history. This is documentary material, intended to teach, whose principal resources are the voices of historians and Cuban cultural icons who in some way have taken up this theme as they express their ideas and conclusions. But this first chapter is an introduction to the theme which seeks to cover some antecedents in the history of Afrocubans' struggle for resistance, a necessary recapitulation which goes step by step down the path taken by the black movement in Cuba since colonial times, the struggle for independence and the situation of black cubans once the Island of Cuba achieved its independence in 1902. We make references to very important black leaders in Cuba from the nineteenth century, such as Juan Gualberto Gomez and Martin Morua Delgado. We talk about the importance of Antonio Maceo and Quintin Banderas.

The voices, opinions, and commentaries are accompanied by images of documents, photos, and clippings from the press of that era. The objective of the first chapter is to answer two questions: 1) what did the Afrocubans do before the founding of the PIC? 2) Was the creation of a political party to represents Afrocubans necessary?

This thought process, this exploration will continue in the subsequent chapters, especially in chapter 2. It has not been easy to establish an audiovisual language to present a series of historical events with so few resources. We have not used any fictional elements. We have fortified the sound track where you can hear music from rap to the traditional melodies of Cuban Trova and Punto Guajiro. This is a project dedicated to the young and to all those who want to take a look at the history of Cuba with the nuances of skin color, with the nuances of the injustice inherited from slavery and above all with the perspective of underlining, of highlighting the forgotten images and voices.

The project in general is dedicated to Walterio Carbonell, Serafin Portuondo Linare, the leaders of the PIC -- Evaristo Estenoz y Pedro Ivonnet. We really appreciate in this project the voices of distinguished Cuban intellectuals who gave us their testimony: Eduardo Torres Cuevas, Fernando Martinez Heredia, Oilda Hevia, Nancy Morejon, Yoel Mourlot, Ricardo Riquenes, Tomas Fernandez Robaina, Alejandro de la Fuente, etc. From the United States joined the voices of professors Lisa Brock and August Nimtz to comment on some interesting aspects of the relations between Cuban and the US at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. This project does not pretend to have the last word on the 1912 theme. But we do intend to mobilize an audience step by step towards that year which should never be forgotten ever again in the history of Cuba, the Caribbean, and the Americas.

The independent video group Images of the Caribbean makes available for your consideration this work done over the course of the last 6 years. Many were the persons and institutions who have collaborated from Cuba and other countries. However, we must recognize that the initial idea of grouping together some voices was that of professor Aline Helg, to whom I give thanks for that first impetus. One more time, the PIC theme came to be among my preoccupations as an Afrocuban artist -- the first time was with the short feature film, Roots of My Heart. It is therefore hard to quiet my own voice which has changed into a vehicle for redemption and justice. Thanks very much, Gloria Rolando, Havana, March 28, 2010.