Whether made in Havana, Miami, or elsewhere, contemporary Cuban art already has a video channel on YouTube. Experimental videos, performances, documentaries, and short fiction films show the hidden face of current Cuban art.
In New York’s Times Square, every night this past week at 11:50 p.m., a new element has been added to the usual urban mix: a giant wrecking ball bouncing off the cylindrical, eight-story tower of the NASDAQ building at 43rd Street and Broadway. For ten minutes, the ball smashes against the building repeatedly—only to vanish at midnight.
The Cuban independent cinema has produced its first full-length fiction film: Chamaco, by director Juan Carlos Cremata. Inexpensive digital technology has made it possible to seriously address otherwise overlooked topics, such as the marginalized world of homosexuality and male chauvinism, and bring them to the big screen--South Florida included.
Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore, one of the most popular and successful European filmmakers, will arrive in Havana on January 7, 2010 for a four-day visit.
Headed by Eva Despaigne, who had been a member of the prestigious National Folklore Group for 20 years, Obiní Batá is the only Afro-Cuban percussion group comprised solely of women.