1912, Breaking the Silence


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gloria_rolando_iconForgotten Histories: Recent Documentaries by Gloria Rolando

1912, Breaking the Silence

  1. Monday, October 6, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film 1912 Breaking The Silence
Over 10 years in the making, 1912, Breaking the Silence unearths the history of Cuba’s Partido Independiente de Color (PIC). Founded in 1908 by Afro-Cuban veterans of Cuba’s war for independence, the PIC was the second black-led party in the Americas. They struggled for racial, political, and economic equality in the early years of the republic. Using a creative mix of interviews and archival documents, Rolando pieces together the historical antecedents that led to the shocking 1912 massacre of thousands of Afro-Cubans affiliated with the PIC. Originally conceived as a three-part series, this recently completed version includes the third and final episode. In Spanish language with English subtitles. (HD Cam presentation)

Director Gloria Rolando is scheduled to be present.

Forgotten Histories:
The Recent Documentaries of Gloria Rolando

The spirit of collaboration and the desire to uncover hidden stories mark Afro-Cuban director Gloria Rolando’s approach to filmmaking. Rolando’s documentaries are unequivocally Cuban and are also inextricably linked to the country’s African diasporic roots. As a founding member of the film collective Imágenes del Caribe, Rolando’s practice exemplifies the independent filmmaking spirit: “None of my projects has had a budget: they begin with a borrowed camera, or a little money to rent equipment, but always with a clear idea of the story I want to tell.” The series is sponsored by La Casa, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Black Film Center/Archive, Cultural Studies Program, CUBAmistad, Film and Media Studies, Departments of Gender Studies, History, Spanish and Portuguese, and IU Cinema.