Monday, March 23, 2009

Gibara Welcomes International Low-Budget Film Festival

The coastal city of Gibara in Holguin, will host the 7th "Humberto Solas International Low-Budget Film Festival, schedule from April13 to 19.

Convened by the Cuban Institute for Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), the Ministry of Culture and the Governments of Holguín and Gibara, the event will pay homage to the late Cuban filmmaker Humberto Solas, author of the project. Participants will compete in the categories of documentaries, feature films and short fiction, unpublished scripts, and experimental video works, among others.

The Jiba cinema of this city, also called “La villa blanca”, will be the headquarters for the Festival and will also host the opening and closing galas, while the Culture Center will host conferences on world cinema. In addition to film screenings, the event will once again include a mix of different artistic manifestations such as theater, painting, music and literature.

Despite the damage caused by Hurricane Ike in Gibara on September 7, 2008, the organizers have made available to participants a date with film that refused to disappear.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Holguin: older than it seems

Recent finds in Holguin could confirm the existence of an aboriginal and Hispanic community with certain economic development before 1752. The finds might corroborate the hypothesis supported by specialists from their previous work on the house of the Lieutenant Governor. For researchers, there was already an important population group since the mid-seventeenth century.
The excavations of what could have been the interior courtyard, revealed a collection of time materials like fragments of utilitarian pottery clay, English earthenware of the 18th and 17th Centuries, Spanish majolica in the early eighteenth, and fragments of flint blades, cut in the manner of the aboriginal inhabitants of the area.
The background of this research is found in the excavations carried out at the house of the Lieutenant Governor and the San Isidoro Church, used as a cemetery in the eighteenth century.
The new findings underline the need for greater attention to the architectural knowledge of history of this Cuban province of a remarkable architecture beauty.