Promoting Authentic and Underrepresented Voices in Cuba

  • CELEBRATION OF THE “AUTHENTIC VOICE``
  • Year One: 2016
  • Year Two: 2017
  • Year Three: 2018

CELEBRATION OF THE “AUTHENTIC VOICE"

  • Promoting and defending human rights, by encouraging and establishing open expression and dialogues about local issues through the producing of authentic, indigenous stories about Cuban and Caribbean life.
  • Facilitating Cuban producers with access to networks of distribution for their content, and encouraging diversity of expression by including authentic Cuban stories in the mainstream of the Caribbean audiovisual thus increasing the pool of audiovisual content from Cuba.
  • Strengthening international distribution and circulation of Cuban and Caribbean stories grounded in authentic creative expression.
  • Promoting accountability and transparency, by encouraging the authentic and honest expression of local ideas through audiovisual content, which promotes transparency by giving voices to the marginalized, and facilitating the international distribution, circulation, and exhibition of those products.
  • Encouraging vigorous local debate on local issues and supports the creation of authentic and honest audiovisual content that celebrates the exploration and reflection of local issues.
  • Promoting inter-island, regional, diaspora, and international circulation of information that can be used in academic institutions to create an understanding of the realities on the ground in Cuba across language and national lines. These educational tools can be used at all academic levels for studying subjects such as history, social sciences, Caribbean studies, economics, and beyond.
  • Encouraging networking and facilitating collaboration and co-productions between Cuban, Caribbean, and international producers and content creators.
  • Strengthening a broad-based market economy through the monetizing of Cuban content and diversifying the economies of the Caribbean region, ultimately helping to alleviate poverty of Cuban producers and supporting inclusive, regional, Caribbean, audiovisual industry, and increasing the pool of world-class marketable content coming from Cuba and the Caribbean region

In December 2016 CaribbeanTales decided to step into ‘unchartered’ territories in our region to Cuba during the Havana Film Festival to meet one on one with a new batch of filmmakers and offer a 2-day workshop in Cuba to preparatory training and gain access to participate in the Production Support  Program in January 2017.  

The goal was simple:  Find, access and work with underrepresented filmmakers hone their craft and create content from their own experiences.  Underrepresented groups include (but are not limited to):  People of colour, those from the LGTBQ community and women.

We were successful in selecting 6 filmmakers to participate in our Production Support Program (PSP) in January 2017 to work with us in March- June 2017 to hone, develop and create a proof concept for their unique series projects.

Project: Havana Detectives (series)This series highlights the contemporary socio-economic issues between Caribbean Cubans and Miami-born Cubans taking on the themes of Old world Cuba vs New World Cuba in a creative and contemporary way. Through the eyes of a female protagonist who is a Cuban immigrant to the US, this production presents the political tensions between the US and Cuba through a fictional detective narrative. It aims to illustrate how these tensions trickle down and affect the political relations of these individuals who share an overlooked common history.

Project: Sisters of the Heart – This 2 part documentary thoroughly discusses the topic of Race in Cuba through the marginalized Afro-Cuban Female lens. It challenges the Myth of Racial Harmony and the overlooked Afro-Cuban History in mainstream Cuban education. Examines the Oblate sisters in their quest to educate young black Cuban women on their history and protect them within a society that does not hear their voice.

Project:Dragon Rojo (film) explores the fundamental freedom to participate as a private vendor. Reference of this goal takes a creative analytical perspective citing influences from Britain and America’s capitalistic autonomous freedom to partake in private business thus highlighting the will of impoverished Cubans to make money in some way by providing entertainment and a break from constant work.

Project: Pure Sentimiento (film)– This silently political production follows an LGBTQ Cuban couple in their day-to- day love story..

 

Project: Abriendo Puertas (series) – This documentary series follows the Club Spectrum highlighting the “activist past” of the Club Spectrum creators and their influence on current figures as they aim to redefine their lives amid new political, social, and economic contexts within the island.

Project: Rumba (series) – This production examines the history of the Rumba and how it developed similar to African American dances as a form of expression within slavery and colonialism.

Gloria Rolando

Patricia Ramos

By June 2017, the strongest 2 projects from our inaugural year working with Cuban filmmakers were selected to participate in our intensive 8-week training period alongside the other international participants selected in preparation for the renowned CaribbeanTales Market Incubator Program (MIP) and receive full scholarships to travel to Toronto, Ontario and attend /participate in our 5 day international program which culminates at the Big Pitch event held at the Toronto International headquarters to pitch for additional funding to make their films.

Winners of the “CTI Cuba Visual Civic Activism Award”

Sisters of the Heart

This documentary thoroughly discusses the topic of Race in Cuba through the marginalized Afro-Cuban Female lens. It challenges the Myth of Racial Harmony and the overlooked Afro-Cuban History in mainstream Cuban education. Examines the Oblate sisters in their quest to educate young black Cuban women on their history and protect them within a society that does not hear their voice.

Havana Detectives Inc

This series highlights the contemporary socio-economic issues between Caribbean Cubans and Miami-born Cubans taking on the themes of Old world Cuba vs New World Cuba in a creative and contemporary way. Through the eyes of a female protagonist who is a Cuban immigrant to the US, this production presents the political tensions between the US and Cuba through a fictional detective narrative. It aims to illustrate how these tensions trickle down and affect the political relations of these individuals who share an overlooked common history.

The first quarter of 2018  CT returns back to Cuba to check in on our selected two filmmakers to aid their projects to move into production.  Our aim is to have content from the finalized projects will have its world premiere and be screened at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF)  2018, and also distributed by CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Company (CTWD) and will be available for screening on our online platform CaribbeanTales-TV (CT-TV).

During our time in Cuba, we will be meeting new underrepresented filmmakers along with reconnecting back with selected filmmakers with strong projects from last year to review their development.

Stretching our reach, breaking language barriers and uniting in telling our unique stories throughout the entire Caribbean Region.