Vecinos by Enrique Colina: The Author and His Narrators in a True Story

Reflection about Vecinos (1985), a documentary by Cuban filmmaker Enrique Colina.

Loud laughs with discernment might be the quickest way to define what the documentaries of Enrique Colina provoke in the viewer. If you already saw them, let some time go by and then sit down to see his documentaries again, and this will provide an update of new episodes of which you have been a part, leading character or judge, and which reaffirms the ontological relevancy of the contents shaped by the artist. His incisive glance will again be perceived and his ingenious way of bringing into focus the problems of the common citizen, specifically during the “blissful” years of the presumed comfort derived from the economic aid received from the former Soviet Union. So any approach to his work tends to reveal his fierce glance, worked out in a humorous tone, and at the same time his visceral exposition of certain problems of socialism in Cuba.

Vecinos (1985) ...


There Was No Initiation Ceremony: José Manuel Prieto in Cuban Literature

With clear intention and without sacrificing literary quality, writer and translator José Manuel Prieto (Havana, 1962), although he lives outside of Cuba, does not include in his narrative texts any symbolic glimmer or spaces identifiable with some place of national geography or history.


Imalabra: Retrospective of Antonio Martorell on His 75th Birthday

More than four decades of work are summarized in Imalabra, the showcase by Antonio Martorell presented in the Universal Art building of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.


An Artistic Map’s Memories

Staring from revealing approaches to the Yoruba pantheon, visual artist Lino Vizcaíno’s work discourses on contemporary issues.


Lucho Gatica: The Everlasting Bolero Singer

While Cuba and Mexico had a friendly quarrel about the authorship of the bolero, Lucho Gatica enjoyed great popularity and recognition with his performances of the disputed genre.