Cuban Cinema Exhibition has been an initiative that we have prepared in the framework of the 60th Anniversary of the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution and the establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and India, which we will be commemorating until January of next year.
To present Latin American and Cuban cinema in specific, in front of the big industry of Indian cinema poses a greater challenge. The Indian Film industry is the most important in the world in terms of the volume of feature films and short films per year; it represents 73% of the revenues from film editing in the Asia-Pacific area, and the Indian public according to statistics, is the the most who goes to the cinema, with record figures that have reached the billion people in three months. Cubans are attracted to the Bollywood tapes.
On the other hand this year is a special significance for the Cuban Cinema. The Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industry (ICAIC) reaches its 60th Anniversary. It has been sixty years of film and much more, because on the way, if we look at the history of the ICAIC, we will have to mention important events that mark the culture of Cuba, the Noticiero ICAIC, the Magazine “Cine Cubano”, The Cuba Film Library, and its archives, which have kept and made available to generations of Cubans, the best of national and world cinema, and, in recent years, the Muestra Joven, a door to what is creating the new generation of filmmakers.
With the sample we wanted to offer an alternative cinema, of quality and of the Cuban cinematography. Although this is a special occasion, it is not the first time that the Indian public enjoys the Seventh Cuban art, every year the Caribbean country participates in Festivals of Calcutta and Chennai. The implementation of this initiative could not have been carried out without the help of the managers of the India International Centre, as well as all their work team that so kindly opened the doors of their installation. During this month of April will be exhibiting 7 films, where the public will be able to appreciate a wide range of genres and styles.
We were very pleased with the influx of public who attended the inauguration on April 8, which filled the Auditorium of the IIC, which shows that the Indian public despite the geographical and cultural differences in many cases, can appreciate and enjoy the art of any latitude.