MIAMI – The Historical Museum of Southern Florida and the Miami International Film Festival present free Caribbean film screenings every Thursday in May.
The Caribbean Film Series is presented as part of the museum’s free Live On The Plaza cultural series in conjunction with Caribbean Collage: Archival Collections and the Construction of History, an exhibition on the British West Indies, Haiti and Cuba from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century.
Films from Cuba/Spain, Haiti, Brazil and Jamaica will be screened in the downtown museum’s gallery, with the exception of Nada Más to be screened at the Tower Theatre.
“We’re happy to partner once again with the Historical Museum on the series. These films explore the everyday life, ideologies and social realities of the Caribbean and its people, and the museum provides access to the past which influenced today’s culture and politics,” says Ali Codina, programmer for the Miami International Film Festival.
Thursday, May 4, 7pm
508 SW Eighth Street, Little Havana
NADA MÁS (Nothing More) , a film by Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti
(Cuba/Spain, 2002, 90 minutes) In Spanish with English subtitles.
A charming, romantic farce about a lonely postal worker who intercepts the mail of strangers and writes unsolicited replies, with hilarious consequences. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, 2003 Miami International Film Festival and Best First Film, Havana Film Festival.
Thursday, May 11, 7pm
101 West Flagler Street, Downtown Miami
MAN BY THE SHORE (L’homme sur les Quais) a film by Raoul Peck
(Haiti/US, 1993, 105 minutes) In French with English subtitles.
Set in the Haiti of the 1960s, during the dictatorship of “Papa Doc” Duvalier, this highly symbolic tale of Haiti’s hopes and desires follows a woman haunted by nightmares of a man who put an end to her childhood. Man by the Shore was the first Caribbean entry into competition at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Palm.
Thursday, May 18, 7pm
(Brazil, 2004, 90 minutes) In Russian, Spanish & Portuguese with English subtitles.
I AM CUBA, THE SIBERIAN MAMMOTH a film by Vicente Ferraz
This documentary examines the making of Mikhail Kalotosov’s 1964 film, I am Cuba (Yo Soy Cuba). Ferraz provides insights into the making of the movie by Cuban and Soviet collaborators, the ideology of the Cold War and the recent history of Cuba.
Thursday, May 25, 7pm
(Jamaica/US, 1990, 70 minutes)
H-2 WORKER a film by Stephanie Black
Set near Lake Okeechobee, this documentary focuses on the more than 10,000 men from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands who perform the brutal task of cutting sugar cane by hand-a job so dangerous and low-paying that Americans refuse to do it. Grand Jury Prize, 1990 Sundance Film Festival.
For more information about the Caribbean Film Series, please call 305.375.1492 or visit www.historical-museum.org or www.miamifilmfestival.com.