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ICAIC: the art of telling stories from Cuba



By Yusarys Benito Deliano / Radio Cadena Agramonte.

Each means of communication has its charm, each one tells the daily story with different resources, but, without a doubt, the Cinema has a magic that makes you fall in love and invites you to fall in love through the darkness of a room.

Also invited to count a country, that is why on March 24, 1959 the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) was born, the main cultural institution producing feature films, documentaries and cartoons in the nation.

Thus, Cuba is narrated from the films such as La primera carga al machete , by Manuel Octavio Gómez, and Historias de la Revolución and Memorias del subdesarrollo , by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.

And how many times we have laughed with Permuta! Also through national filmography the jocular and persistent character of the inhabitants of this Island is evident.

With others, such as Una novia para David or La Bella de la Alhambra, we have learned the importance of valuing love and those who appreciate us for personal qualities and not for a better physical appearance.

And you cannot ignore a movie that is History. The director Fernando Pérez left Clandestinos as an eternal gift in 1987, and a phrase from the protagonist always comes to mind: "I'm going to deliver it to you alive!", Accompanied by the excellent soundtrack by Edesio Alejandro.

Likewise, in 1993, David and Diego caught the attention of moviegoers around the world, changed the vision of a subject full of prejudices, Fresa y Chocolate became a paradigm of good Cinema that to this day comes to learn from Titón and Juan Carlos Tabío, and from the script by Senel Paz.

ICAIC also sponsors national and international events, for example, the Santiago Álvarez in memoriam International Documentary Festival, organized by the Santiago Álvarez Office; the Gibara International Film Festival, which Humberto Solás founded and now directed by actor Jorge Perugorría, and the New Latin American Cinema in Havana.

In addition, since its inception, it has supported the National Workshop of Film Criticism, which created in 1993 a group of local artists passionate about the cinema and which has since then been permanently located every year in the city.

Similarly, cartoons have a significant space in the national production. Many of us grew up with the jokes of El negrito cimarrón and Elpidio Valdés , because in this land of great creators there can be no other challenge to attract the public to a narrative that, on different screens, reaches everyone to tell a common history, the History of Cuba. (Collage: http://www.uneac.org.cu)