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Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba denounces attack against national culture


Havana, Nov 30.- The Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (Uneac) denounced the organization of a film festival for the exhibition, in the United States, Europe and Latin America, of audiovisual productions that seek to rewrite history and falsify the realities of the largest of the Antilles, and described this act as a new attack against national culture.

In a statement published on its website, the cultural organization indicated that the event is sponsored by the so-called Hannah Arendt International Institute of Activism and will take place in paid locations in seven cities, coinciding with the new call for the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana.

According to the Uneac text, in this event artistic creation is not at the center of the selection, but rather the media positioning against the Revolution and the presumption of sowing the matrix of opinion that such productions constitute the only trend possible and affordable within the broad conceptual and aesthetic spectrum of current Cuban audiovisual.

At Uneac we denounce the maneuver orchestrated by those who aspire to undermine the pillars of the nation, while we confirm our commitment to the most authentic artistic expressions,” concludes the statement, which we transmit in full below:

A new attack on Cuban culture has been launched: in paid locations in seven cities in the United States, Europe and Latin America, a film festival sponsored by the so-called Hannah Arendt International Institute of Artivism has proposed showing little more than one dozens of audiovisual productions that seek to rewrite history and falsify the realities of a nation, which in the midst of the growing and sustained hostility of the US administrations and countless obstacles, defends its inalienable right to sovereignty, self-determination and independence.

Behind these actions are spurious interests, financed by funds, agencies and foundations dependent on Washington and subsidiaries at its service located in South Florida or fully identified with them in other places. Artistic creation is not at the center of the selection, but rather the media positioning against the Revolution and the presumption of sowing the matrix of opinion that such productions constitute the only possible and amenable trend within the broad conceptual and aesthetic spectrum of current Cuban audiovisuals.

It is no coincidence that the dates of this alleged event coincide with the new call for the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, a space for legitimate confluence of the best of the work of filmmakers from the region, which is committed to revolutionary cinema, anti-imperialist, committed to the destinies of the most disadvantaged; and a few days after the successful holding of the La Nación y la Emigración meeting, which brought the patriotic ideals of Cuban men and women closer than ever before beyond their places of residence.

From UNEAC we denounce the maneuver orchestrated by those who aspire to undermine the pillars of the nation, while we confirm our commitment to the most authentic artistic expressions.

Havana, November 29, 2023 (ACN) (Photo: File)


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