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TO MY SLAVE-OWNING, SLAVE-TRADING CUBAN ANCESTORS. TO THE 300-YEAR LOT OF YOU
 
TO MY SLAVE-OWNING, SLAVE-TRADING CUBAN ANCESTORS. TO THE 300-YEAR LOT OF YOU
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Magda Fernandez

United States, 2018, 1min
Format: Digital (screening) - UHD Digital Video (shooting)
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Short Narrative
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Crew:  Producers: Magda Fernandez
Email:  msfmagdafernandez.com

synopsis
This brief performance is a radical message to the spirits of all of my Cuban colonial ancestors, who exploited so many native Taino Amerindians and transplanted African slaves over generations on the island.

director
Magda Fernandez is a Cuban-born, Boston-based artist who has been creating experimental videos since 2006. Fernandez creates silent, synthetic worlds that speak loudly about power and oppression, reality and fantasy, memory and history. Fernandez's videos received Honorable Mentions in the LA Underground Film Forum, and were Official Selections in the Experimental Forum in Los Angeles, the South Film and Arts Academy Festival in Chile, the 5 Continents International Film Festival in Venezuela (FICOCC), the New York International Film Festival (INYFF), the London Independent Film Award (LIFA), and the Sydney World Film Festival. She received both the Experimental Forum's Best Experimental Short and the Audience Award (2018), FICOCC's Best Video Art Award (June 2018), INYFF's Silver Experimental Award (2018), and LIFA's Best Experimental Award (October 2017). In Boston, Fernandez’s videos have been exhibited in “STAND UP” at Kayafas Gallery, "latinx@americanaza" at Samson Gallery, and in "La Cubana y El Cubano" at the Copley Society. In 2010, Fernandez was invited to present her videos-in-progress at Uta Meta Bauer and Joan Jonas' Art, Culture, and Technology Lectures Series: "The Theatrical/The Performative/The Transformative" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. Fernandez has received grants from the Council for the Arts at MIT, and was a past finalist for both the Cintas Foundation Fellowship and Creative Capital Visual Arts Grant.
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