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Sara Gómez: The Isle of Pines Trilogy + Q&A (N/C 12+)

10 November

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


World Premiere of the newly restored films by highly acclaimed filmmaker Sara Gómez - Cuba’s first female filmmaker - about the island now known as the Isle of Youth, where Fidel Castro was imprisoned by Batista and where the revolution grappled with the challenges of building a new society.

This fascinating trilogy illustrates the multilayered nature of the filmmaker’s work, and gives an insight into how she personally embodied race, gender and revolution.

On The Other Island / En La Otra Isla

A free-flowing documentary featuring community members of the island who tell their stories, share ideas and discuss topics such as racism and crime.

An Island For Miguel / Una Isla Para Miguel

A compassionate study of a young man from a single-parent family sent to a re-education camp which shows a complex approach to social marginalisation.

Treasure Island / Isla Del Tesoro

A short poetic evocation juxtaposing the Presidio Modelo prison where Fidel Castro was imprisoned with citrus production on the island.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Magaly Rolando (film composer and sister of director Gloria Rolando, both contemporaries of Gómez before her untimely death), Camilla Baier of feminist film collective Invisible Women, and Havana Glasgow Film Festival Director Eirene Houston.

The digital preservation project has been made possible by the support of HGFF, iMetafilm, ICAIC (Cuban Film Institute) and Vulnerable Media Lab, Queens University.

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  • Director Sara Gómez
  • Country Cuba
  • Year of Production 1968 & 1969
  • Running Time 1h13m
  • Language Spanish with English subtitles
  • Certificate N/C 12+
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