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through immigrant eyes

As Cuban immigrants to the United States in the early sixties, my family couldn’t afford to travel much outside our new home of Queens, New York, for at least a decade. In those early years, an aunt and uncle’s 8mm travel movies were our only personal window to the rest of the country. Looking at those now, I vividly remember how intimidating and out of reach those places felt to me. These movies formed my earliest impression of America.

  • Magda Fernandez
    Director
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 2, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    UHD Digital Video
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
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 speak loudly about 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 Queens World Film Festival (2019), the South Film and Arts Academy Festival in Chile (2018), and the Sydney World Film Festival (2017). 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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