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Restored Shorts of Nicolás Guillén Landrián (12A)

Cinema Restored x Open City Documentary Festival

A young woman looks forward towards the camera in an aged, black and white photograph.

Discover the groundbreaking shorts of Nicolás Guillén Landrián (1938-2003), Afro-Cuban filmmaker, painter, and poet. 

Nicolás Guillén Landrián (1938 -2003) was an Afro-Cuban filmmaker, painter and poet, committed to a highly personal cinematic vision, focusing on Afro-Cuban life and culture. 

Landrián's vision put him at odds with the Cuban state and the principles of the Revolution. His films were bowdlerised and eventually suppressed, and Landrián was sent to prison camps where he was subjected to psychiatric treatment. In 1989 Landrián went into exile in the United States.

Working at Cuba's National Film Institute, Landrián crafted compelling documentaries with a focus on Afro-Cuban life. Despite suppression by the Cuban state, his visionary works have resurfaced thanks to restoration efforts led by filmmaker Ernesto Daranas. Explore Landrián's personal cinematic vision and his enduring legacy in this program of restored shorts.



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