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Reembarque / Re-embark (2014) Directed by Gloria Rolando

Forgotten Histories: Recent Documentaries by Gloria Rolando

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 6:30pm

IU Cinema

Reembarque / Re-embark (2014) Directed by Gloria Rolando 

Sunday, October 5, 2014
6:30pm
Indiana University Cinema

Reembarque explores intra-Caribbean migration, a topic she first broached in her earlier documentaries My Footsteps in Baraguá (1996) and Pasajes de corazón y la memoria (2007). The film probes the economic and social effects of exploitation of cheap labor from across the Caribbean to work on Cuban plantations. Spurred the persistence of Haitian traditions– such as creole music and vodou– in the Cuban cultural landscape, Reembarque exposes the little-known history of Haitian migrants to Cuba and their subsequent, forced deportation during the early twentieth century. (HD Cam. 59 min. Not Rated.)

The spirit of collaboration and the desire to uncover hidden stories mark Afro-Cuban director Gloria Rolando’s approach to filmmaking. Rolando’s documentaries are unequivocally Cuban, and are also inextricably linked to the country’s African diasporic roots. As a founding member of the film collective Imágenes del Caribe, Rolando’s practice exemplifies the independent filmmaking spirit: “None of my projects has had a budget: they begin with a borrowed camera, or a little money to rent equipment, but always with a clear idea of the story I want to tell.”

The series is co-sponsored with La Casa, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Cultural Studies Program, CUBAmistad, Film & Media Studies Departments of Gender Studies, History, Spanish & Portuguese, and IU Cinema.