The wonderful Cuban people just rolled out the red carpet for Cimarrón Spirit at the Coloquio Internacional la Diversidad Cultural en el Caribe hosted by the renowned Casa de Las Américas in Habana, Cuba.
Michael Brims and Rubén Durán presented the “first draft” documentary and answered questions from an enthusiastic audience of the Caribbean, the US, Latin America and Europe. We couldn’t have found a better audience to screen our film for the first time. And they loved it!
A heartfelt thanks to Yolanda Wood and the team at Casas de Las Américas for their hospitality and making us feel at home in Habana.
Also, thanks to the Dominican Ambassador in Cuba, Joaquín Gerónimo, and Pedro Ureña Rib, DR Ministro Consejero, for hosting us the evening of the screening, where we shared with fellow artists from the DR, Cuba, and Germany. It was wonderful!
Thanks to María Julia Antuña Acosta for her warm welcome at Escuela Interncaionl de Cine y TV. We received a wonderful reception, and possible future collaborations were part of the conversations while at EICTV.
We connected with many people who share our interests in finding commonalities in Caribbean culture and are helping answer questions of identity. While Cimarrón Spirit is not yet circuit ready, we heard offers of screenings from Germany, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, and Barranquilla, Colombia.
We are now off to NOLA to screen at The Caribbean Studies Association’s 40th Annual Conference. Our colleague and conference presenter, Rachel Afi Quinn, PhD, departed Houston just as we returned so we look forward to exchanging stories over a New Orleans brewed cup of coffee.
Keep your eyes open for a screening in a city near you!
Rubén Durán, Director