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querida cuba

"querida cuba" is a video performance that asks if documents, DNA, memories, ancestral history, love of people and place are enough to qualify one as a cubana after a lifetime of displacement.

  • Magda Fernandez
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 5, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    UHD Digital video
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Nine Moments for Now - The Cooper Gallery, Harvard University
    Cambridge, MA
    United States
  • LA Underground Film Forum
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    2018 Honorable Mention
  • STAND UP! Women You Should Know
    Boston, MA
    United States
    Kayafas Gallery, Boston, MA
Director Biography - Magda Fernandez

Magda Fernandez is a Cuban-born, Boston-based artist who has been creating experimental videos since 2006. Fernandez creates silent, synthetic worlds that question power and oppression, reality and fantasy, and memory and history. Fernandez's videos received the Los Angeles Experimental Forum's Best Experimental Short and Audience Awards (2018), Venezuela’s 5 Continents International Film Festival’s Best Video Art Award (June 2018), the International New York Film Festival's Silver Experimental Award (2018), the London Independent Film Awards’ Best Experimental (October 2017), and additional Honorable Mentions in the LA Underground Film Forum (2018) and the Experimental Forum (2018). Fernandez’s videos also were Official Selections in the Dumbo Film Festival (March 2019), the Queens World Film Festival (2019), the South Film and Arts Academy Festival in Chile (2018), the Sydney World Film Festival (2017), and a Semi-Finalist in FilmArte Madrid (2019). Her videos have been exhibited in “Nine Moments for Now” at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at Harvard University, “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 Ute Meta Bauer and Joan Jonas' Art, Culture, and Technology Lectures Series: "The Theatrical/The Performative/The Transformative" at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For her past artwork, Fernandez received grants from the Council for the Arts at MIT, and was a finalist for both the Cintas Foundation Fellowship and Creative Capital Visual Arts Grant.


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Director Statement

I didn't know what to expect when I returned to Cuba in 2016 after a lifetime apart. I went there with an open mind and heart, and even prepared for the sad possibility that I wouldn’t relate to it at all. Instead, I immediately felt that I had arrived home. I don’t know how to explain it, but everything about Cuba just made sense to me. Being there filled in gaping holes I didn’t even know I was carrying all these years. Everything was at once familiar yet new. All the Cubans I met embraced me like family as soon as they learned I was cubana. I relate more to the diversity and culture of this Cuba than I ever could to the Cuba of my parents and ancestors.