U.S. academic Anne Marie Stock will study the professional life of outstanding Cuban filmmaker Fernando Pérez, whose works include classical Cuban films such as Clandestinos and Suite Habana.
The professor of the William & Mary University who on several occasions accompanied the Cuban filmmaker when his pieces were premiered in the United States is now undertaking a study of Perez´s films.
Stock said that his work, especially the film Madagascar, was essential to understand the Cuban situation in the 1990s. Her study about the reality of the Cuban film industry served as the basis for her book Rodar en Cuba (Shooting in Cuba).
Launched for the fourth time at the recent 15th Festival of Young Filmmakers, the book portrays the work of a new generation of Cuban filmmakers.
According to the professor, it is thanks to the large variety of themes portrayed by young Cuban filmmakers that the U.S. population is getting away from the Manichean vision about the island.
„In my country there is a narrowminded perception of Cuba; it is regarded as a place frozen in time. I think this is due to the little chances that U.S. people have to come here, to study, to share (with the Cuban people),“ Stock commented.
The films made by new Cuban filmmakers allow the U.S. audience to get familiar with the diverse nuances of the contemporary Cuban society, she added.
The academic, who has been coming to Havana for more than 27 consecutive years, thanked the publishing house of the 15th Festival of Young Filmmakers for having issued the Spanish version of her book Rodar in Cuba, which was launched at Havana´s Fresa y Chocolate Cultural Center.
Though she has done more than 60 trips to Havana, Stock said she was very happy for having had the chance to bring a group of her students to Cuba for the first time a month ago.
„The visit also included cities in the country´s east such as Bayamo, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba“, she stressed.
The cultural bridge that the U.S. professor began to lay down in 1989 includes Cuban filmmakers´ visits to William & Mary University and the English subtitling of classical Cuban films.Share on FB Share on TT