Acclaimed Cuban filmmaker visits William & Mary

Prof. Ann Marie Stock introduces Mr. Carlos Y. Rodríguez at the public screening of his work.

Prof. Ann Marie Stock introduces Mr. Carlos Y. Rodríguez in Swem Library, at one of the many events during his visit.

During the month of April, 2014, renowned Cuban filmmaker Carlos Y. Rodríguez visited the College. Mr. Rodríguez is part of Televisión Serrana, a community media collective that trains young people from the Sierra Maestra mountains in video production so that they can tell the stories of their communities and culture.

After a first visit to William & Mary in 2011, he returned in April 2014 to serve as the second Swem Media Artist in Residence.  Additional support from Hispanic Studies, Film Studies and AMP (Alma Mater productions) made possible Carlos’ collaboration with students and faculty on several audiovisual projects.  In addition, Mr. Rodríguez introduced some of his films at a public screening and participated in a lively Q&A.

For Carlos Y. Rodríguez and Televisión Serrana film allows Cubans to tell their stories.

For Carlos Y. Rodríguez and Televisión Serrana film allows Cubans to tell their stories.

The director of a series of award-winning documentaries, Mr. Rodríguez is currently at work on a more personal project about his parents. Before joining the Television Serrana, Carlos worked as a Director for Cuban National Television (ICRT) and the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Arts and Industry (ICAIC), as a curator at the Provincial Center of Art, and as a Professor.

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