New documentary explores Cuba’s indigenous heritage

Havana, Jan 25 (Prensa Latina) Filmmaker Ernesto Daranas directed the shooting of the documentary “Cuba Indigena” (Indigenous Cub), which brings people closer to traditions, customs and knowledge that contributed to the formation of the country’s identity.

The production by the Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) focuses on the lifestyles of residents in the communities of La Ranchería, La Escondida and Felicidad de Yateras, in the eastern province of Guantanamo, as well as in Bella Pluma in Santiago de Cuba.

According to Granma newspaper, the production team traveled through the mountains of the Sierra Maestra and the Nipe-Sagua-Baracoa mountain range, a difficult mission due to the conditions of the terrain, but which settles a debt of Daranas with himself and his geography professors, who emphasized the validity of the legacy of the Taino culture in Cuba.

Likewise, the audiovisual will be a testimony of the delivery of the results of comparative DNA tests, which are part of an investigation developed by the National Center of Medical Genetics, the text notes.

Conceived as a series of three one-hour chapters: El cacique de la montaña, Bella Pluma and Catalina la Grande, the film “synthesizes the experiences of aboriginal descendants in contemporary rural Cuba”.

Although there are few traces of our ancestors in Cuban audiovisuals, this new creation will mark a before and after in the documentary reflection of the Tainos, according to the publication.

Daranas has a prolific career in cinema and among his most renowned feature films are ¿La vida en rosa? (2004), Los dioses rotos (2008), Conducta (2014) and Sergio & Serguéi (2018), the latter two shown at international festivals in Europe and Latin America.


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