Cuban Visions2: LGBTQ Politics and Gay Marriage

Not for all ages due to strong language. Performance lasts 2 hours 15 minutes with no intermission.

Short documentary films of Afro-Cuban Queer filmmaker, Damián Sainz (all films in Spanish with English subtitles):

Homenaje (Homage) / 22 min. / 2013 / Documentary Short

Two women and a dead man. One of them was his wife for 30 years and the other his lover and work colleague. The threesome lived in a tiny apartment in apparent harmony. Nevertheless, the man’s death unleashes a silent battle between the two women to take control of the memory of the man who separates and connects them.

Batería (Bateria) / 16 min. / 2017 / Documentary Short

The ruins of an ancient military fortress outside Havana have become a clandestine gay cruising spot. The old walls and rubble give shelter not only to Cuban homosexuals, but also to a culture of resistance and socialization.

De Agua Dulce (From Fresh Water) / 15 min. / 2012 / Documentary Short

At sunset, Kinkin prepares to go fishing at the local river that passes through his town. Fishing is his night job but also his shelter. As night falls, the turbulence of the polluted river starts to reveal the deep connection between the water and the dark side of Kinkin’s past.

Close Up / 22 min. / 2009 / Documentary Short

Filmed on a normal Saturday night at the park on G Street in the Vedado neighborhood, downtown Havana. The park is an oasis for different kinds of youth identities, a place where they can be whatever they want to be.

Post-screening presentation: Director Damián Sainz will present his work together with Norge Espinosa, LGBTQ activist, playwright and author. The discussion will focus on gender identity, LGBTQ politics and the present situation concerning the constitutional reform on gay marriage in Cuba.

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