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to my 5th great-grandmother

"to my 5th great-grandmother" is a symbolic exhumation and loving burial of my West African 5th great-grandmother, a Cuban slave, whom I learned about from a DNA test and Cuban slave census. I have yet to uncover her name or personal details.

  • Magda Fernandez
  • Samantha Rae Bass
    Key Cast
    “5th great-grandmother”
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 22, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    UHD Digital Video
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Nine Moments for Now - The Cooper Gallery, Harvard University
    Cambridge, MA
    United States
    October 17, 2018
  • South Film and Arts Academy Festival
    Rancagua, O'Higgins
    Official Selection, July 2018 Edition
  • 5 Continents International Film Festival
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    June 2018 Best Video Art Award
  • Experimental Forum
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    2018 Honorable Mention
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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