Santiago Álvarez in Memoriam


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Havana architecture plays a leading role in the art form of designer and visual artist Ileana Mulet Batista (Holguín, 1952).

Information from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cuba

From April 18 to 21, 2016, a delegation of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities of the United States of America, composed of executives of this Committee and other U.S. entities, will visit our country accompanied by a large group of artists and intellectuals, among other invited guests.


Congress Should Lift the Blockade Once and for All, Says Obama at Business Forum

The lifting of the blockade by Congress once and for all is one of the ways to help Cubans, reiterated on Monday, March 21, U.S. President Barack Obama, on an official visit to the Caribbean island until March 22.


Cuban Entrevoces Choir to Accompany The Rolling Stones

The Entrevoces Choir, directed by National Music Award winner Digna Guerra, will be the only Cuban group to accompany the London band the Rolling Stones during its only concert in Havana, scheduled for March 25.


President Barack Obama Pays Tribute to José Martí

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, paid tribute in Havana on Monday, March 21, to National Hero José Martí, accompanied by Salvador Valdés, Vice-president of the Cuban Council of State.

  • New Caribbean Cinema

    Every regime of representation is a regime of power Stuart Hall I feel international cinema audiences are thirsty for different landscapes, cultures, languages, and approaches to storytelling than what Hollywood has to offer. Storm Saulter Jamaican filmmaker


    Daniel Taboada, a Prophet of Restoration in Cuba

    The vernacular is a philosophy of life, says prestigious architect Daniel Taboada Espiniella, 2015 winner of the National Cultural Heritage Award for Lifetime Work.


    The Delicious Cuban Gastrotheca

    Although culinary music is present in all countries and is a synonym for native customs and idiosyncrasies, there are nations that exhibit a much richer and more expressive staff than usual, as is Cuba’s case.


    Gabriel García Márquez: From the Printed Page to the Screen

    Although the challenge – and the risk – of adapting a work of Gabriel García Márquez to the screen is quite large, his narrative has sufficient charm so that numerous directors have raced to the endeavor of being the most authentic and successful film producers of the work of the Colombian Nobel Prize winner.


    The Debt of Cuban Cinema Clubs to Julio García Espinosa

    With Julio García Espinosa's death, the last of those who composed that initial group making a dream come a national cinematography in 1959 is gone. In fact, Julio did not initially integrate what could be considered the “foundational core” of the emerging Cuban Institute of Cinematic Arts and Industry (ICAIC, for its Spanish acronym).


    Lázara Herrera: “I Feel Very Proud to Have Shared my Youth with Him”

    Santiago Álvarez Román was an outstanding Cuban filmmaker who made a number of documentaries in which he showed, from his political position, different social and cultural concerns resulting from the revolutionary triumph.

    A Departmental Close-up

    The Santiago Álvarez Department of Film Journalism, founded on November 21, 2012, at the request of the University of Havana’s Department of Journalism and ICAIC’s Santiago Álvarez Office, has the purpose of studying the well-known filmmaker’s work in its very wide artistic, social and political spectrum.

    The Political Art of Santiago

    Cuban journalism misses the poetry of Santiago Álvarez. With its lights and shadows, and extinguished for decades, the filmmaker’s work is fresher than much of contemporary audiovisual production.

    From Operatic to Álvarezian: the Soundtracks of Santiago Álvarez’s Documentaries

    Balance. The only way to achieve audiovisual harmony is to maintain the balance of its codes: when sound redounds on the image, it disturbs. Santiago Álvarez knew this. To be more precise, he learned it in the daily exercise of film. His documentaries show a significant evolution in the way of creating the soundtrack, which goes from an operatic concept to a strictly Álvarezian one. His distinctive style is a result of this displacement in the concept of the film soundtrack, thought out in terms of montage, as generating meaning.

    Ethics, Aesthetics and Cinematic Journalism in Santiago Álvarez

    “I believe that no one has objectivity, therefore I am not an objective journalist; on the contrary, I'm very subjective. My documentaries, then, are made with the whole intention of saying what I think. They carry in themselves the germ of necessity, which obliges me to be articulate with that necessity, with this urgency.” Santiago Álvarez