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Spring 2016

"Remix and Revolution in Cuba: Screening the Island’s Transformation through Cinema"
  • Presented by Dr. Ann Marie Stock, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Film & Media Studies
  • Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. in the Sadler Center Commonwealth Auditorium
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Click to view larger versionThe mention of Cuba brings to mind old Buicks and big cigars, the throbbing of bongos and congas, a dancer whirling around El Floridita with a fruit basket on her head. But how have Cubans imagined their own world?

Ann Marie Stock, professor of Hispanic studies and film and media studies, takes us behind the scenes of Cuba’s film world, introducing us to a vibrant cultural tradition. Through the lens of cinema, we see how media artists have presented their island’s people and places on screen. 

To focus on moviemaking in Cuba is to track broader cultural, political and economic issues. Stock’s lecture illuminates the island’s transformation in recent decades, a period of accelerated change. And it highlights how W&M undergraduates and alumni have worked with Stock in making discoveries. 

Stock has traveled to Cuba more than 60 times during the past 27 years; among her island adventures are working with NBC News to cover the U.S. Embassy opening, dining in the Presidential Palace and weathering a hurricane. She is the author of four books on Cuban cinema, co-creator of multiple media projects and recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2013 Plumeri Award.