Puerto Rico RISING
A visual project that captures the stories of three African descendant women in Puerto Rico fighting for a more independent, sustainable Puerto Rico during a time of economic turbulence and protests for decolonization. Puerto Rico RISING seeks to counter a legacy that excludes the cultural and social contributions of African descendant women. The project profiles three women in San Juan working within mediums that influence the growing movement for Afro-Latino self-identification on the island. Puerto Rico RISING seeks to create a larger portrait of the histories that define a more diverse Puerto Rico which includes the narratives of both Afro descendant immigrants, and Puerto Rican born Afro Latinos.
ReglaSOUL is a community project is based in the municipality of Regla, in Havana, Cuba. ReglaSOUL aims to support local artists, musicians, activists, and creatives to better provide, sustain and care for the community of Regla. The project works in collaboration with LitorArte Project and the Museum of Regla. Additionally, year-round, ReglaSOUL provides alternative experiences for travelers to Cuba, with the purpose of growing prosperous community collaborations.
Hermanas en Ruedas is a documentary that follows the stories of young women in the underground skate culture in Havana, Cuba. Skateboarding in Cuba emerged in the 80's but has recently grown rapidly with the new interchanges of culture and art from abroad that are taking place on the island. In Cuba, skateboarding is still an unrecognized sport by the government, and the girls search to find their paths in a subculture that is not only male dominated but also completely underground. Hermanas en Ruedas will premiere in 2017 in Havana, Cuba. Visit the website www.hermanasfilm.com to learn more!
Havana in Squares is a photography series that pushes the boundaries of 4X4 smart phone digital format photography. Over the course of two years, director Amberly Alene Ellis explored Havana through two series, “#Havana in Motion” and “#Havana in Textures” in an attempt to reveal the unexplored capabilities of smart phone photography on the island. Her photographs have been selected as one of “8 Beautiful Instagram Accounts to Discover Cuba”. You can follow her images on Instagram by searching the hashtag #HavanaTextures or #HavanaMotion. You can now order prints on our online shop.
From Cuba With Love is video is a submission for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington iChoose Media Festival. Students at the FBR Branch Boys and Girls Club in Southeast Washington D.C created a video with questions for students in Cuba and students in Cuba responded back. This cultural exchange project was made possible through the generous donations of the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the FBR Boys and Girls Club. To learn how you can volunteer with youth and media in Washington D.C, contact: bgcgw.org/fbr-branch-thearc/
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