Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Glimpses of a Journey:Videos By Raul Ferrera Balaquet*

GLIMPSES OF A JOURNEY: Videos Produced, Directed and Edited by Raul Ferrera Balanquet*
TRAIGO UN CANTAR
Video, 3/4"/4 min./color/1989

SYNOPSIS: A combination of animation, collage, cut out images from the Cuban National Ballet, and performance to the music of the well know Cuban singer and composer Carlos Puebla.

MERIDA PROSCRITA(*)

Video 3/4" Duration: 7 min., color, 1990.

Featuring: Eligio Romero and Gabriel Arroyo

SYNOPSIS: When one of the lover refuse to kiss , a narrative unfold exploring the past of the characters, the imposition of heterosexual roles in Latino men relationship, classism and the archeology of desire.

WE ARE HABLANDO

Featuring: Roly Chang Barrero Roberto Rodriguez-Montoya

Videography: Raul Ferrera-Balanquet and Joe Castel

Music: La Tarima de Locombia

Video 3/4", Duration 14 min., color, 1991

SYNOPSIS: Produced during the Gulf war, this experimental documentary brings the issues of censorship, family values, gay relationship, language, and culture within the US/Latino Diaspora to a global level. Mexican American Roberto Rodriguez and Cuban American Roly Chang Barrero speak about artistic censorship, identity, and sexuality from their personal experience.

CAMINAMOS SOBRE LAS OLAS

Video 3/4"/7 min./color/1992

SYNOPSIS: An experimental video structured around a never ending trip to a Caribbean island. Shot in the island of Holbox, north of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

EBBO FOR ELEGUA

Featuring: Roman Pacheco

Videography: Ju Pung Lin, Bonnie Sparling, and Raul Ferrera-Balanquet

Video 3/4" Duration 15 min.

SYNOPSIS: Ebbo for Elegua is an experimental documentary tracing the life of Cuban exile sent alone to the United States when he was seven years old. The video intercut interviews, graphics, and a body painting performance to present issues of the family, memory, migration, desire, and ethnicity within the Cuban exile experience.

OLUFINA ABUELA BALANQUET
Video 3/4" 5 min. color 1994

SYNOPSIS: A compositional investigation of a ritualistic space. This stylized video recreates the myth of Shango, the Afro-Cuban deity of the thunder and the presence of the the ancestors in the Cuban imagination.

NUBES SOLEADAS AT THE CROSSROAD

(SUNNY CLOUDS EN LA ENCRUCIJADA)

Cuba/Mexico/USA, 28 min., color, 1996

Featuring: Moises Abrahams, Tony Jackson, Jorge Savedra, Alfredo Vergara, Dione D Love, Surama Balanquet, Hugo Ferrera-Balanquet, Ernesto Pujol de la Vega, and Raul Ferrera-Balanquet.

videography: Raul Ferrera-Balanquet, Enrique Novelo Cascante, Olivero Rivera Davila, Carlos Rojas Cardona

script: Raul Ferrera-Balanquet and Enrique Novelo Cascante.

music: Aron Villanueva and Raul Ferrera-Balanquet.

SYNOPSIS:A recollection of fragmented memories from childhood to the present are intercut with historical and fictional events to reconstruct the exile self of a Cuban immigrant. After years in the exile Ernesto wants to understand how his emotional instability is linked to the historical moment he is living. Colliding, juxtaposing, spinning from and jumping into different levels of narrative, the video creates a layering of images which recreates the accumulation of experience and the multiplicity of the self created by the exile. Shoot in Havana, Cuba, Merida, Yucatan, Chicago and Iowa City, the United States.

*Merida Poscrita was written and Directed by Raúl Ferrera-Balanquet and Enrique Novelo Cascante.
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