[PAST EVENT] Special Director's Preview of "Larga Distancia"

April 13, 2011
Williamsburg Regional Library
Cubans experienced a dramatic economic crisis in the 1990s following the break-up of the Soviet Union. As a result, many left the island in search of opportunities elsewhere.

In a special director's preview, Cuban filmmaker Esteban Insausti presents his first feature "Larga Distancia" (Long Distance), an exploration of the emotional impact of this immigration on his generation. Based on Insausti's own experience, Long Distance tells the story of a woman who on her 35th birthday finds that she has lost all of her friends to this crisis. To console herself, she spends an evening remembering and re-imagining her past and future. What results is a poignant reflection on friendship, connectedness and creativity.

A graduate of Cuba's art school, the Instituto Superior de Arte, Insausti is a leading member of a generation of "street filmmakers" who are using digital technologies to invent new modes of production in Cuba. With Long Distance, Insausti demonstrates the potential for new directions in his nation's vibrant audiovisual culture. The film's editor Angelica Salvador will also be in attendance to discuss her role in the film.

This event is part of the series "Desde Cuba: New Cinema" coordinated by Ann Marie Stock, professor of Hispanic studies & film studies, and Troy Davis, director of the Swem Media Center. Sponsored by the Earl Gregg Swem Library, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Film Studies, Reves Center for International Studies, Latin American Studies and the Williamsburg Regional Library.

A reception will follow the screening and Q&A in the Gallery.

[[amstoc, Ann Marie Stock]] or [[mtdavi, Troy Davis]]