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Cuban Women of the African Diaspora Film Festival

The films of Juanamaría Cordones-Cook. Films in this series - all with English subtitles

A series of five programs,  on Oct 2,9,16, 23, 30 (Sunday evenings.)  

Oct. 2: Belkis Ayón: Grabado de desasosiego / The Engraving of Restlessness 

From the beginning, Belkis was interested in the mythology of the abakuá, a secret society that excludes women. She discovered within the ñáñigo heritage its aesthetics and its visual and poetic essences. Belkis embraced them and created her artwork engaging the abakuá imagery inspired by the Sikán myth, a man envisioned myth that victimizes women. Complemented by Carlos Fariña’s music, the film is enriched by the voice of Nancy Morejón reading Belkis’ declarations, and by comments from Katia Ayón and her parents, and from distinguished intellectuals and artists, Lázara Menéndez, Serafín “Tato” Quiñones, Cristina Vives-Figueroa, Angel Ramírez, Eduardo“Choco” Roca Salazar, Janette Brossard, Luisa Marisy, Norberto Marrero, José Omar Torres, and David Mateo.

Discussant: Juanamaria Cordones-Cook 

Juanamaría Cordones-Cook has built her scholarship around four related and complementary pillars: Gender Studies, Afro Latin American theater, Afro-Cuban Renaissance and Documentary film making. Her research focuses on the convergence of arts and letters and social concerns, and has always concentrated on the marginal non-canonical voices, literature and culture of women and Afro- descendants: those who share an experience of oppression and repression. Award winning scholar and filmmaker, she has published over eighty articles, thirteen books, and directed over 35 documentaries.

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