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to my slave-owning, slave-trading cuban ancestors. to the 300-year lot of you

This brief performance is a radical message to the spirits of all of my Cuban colonial ancestors, who exploited so many native Taino Amerindians and transplanted African slaves over generations on the island.

  • Magda Fernandez
    Director
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 22, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 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
  • Queens World Film Festival
    Jackson Heights, NY
    United States
    March 23, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Experimental Forum
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    August 12, 2018
    2018 Best Experimental Short, The Audience Award
  • 5 Continents International Film Festival
    Venezuela
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    June 2018 Official Selection - Short Film
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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