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      April 9, 2012

      Monday   4:00 PM

      410 Thurston Ave
      Ithaca, New York 14850

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      Film Screening: Memories of Overdevelopment

      Willard Straight Theatre Central Campus

      An intellectual leaves the Cuban Revolution and 'underdevelopment' behind only to find
      himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life in the 'developed' world. A portrait of
      an alienated man, an outsider with no clear-cut politics or ideology: a stranger in a strange land struggling with old age, sexual desire and ultimately, the impossibility for
      the individual to belong in any society.

      The film's narrative is a collage of flashbacks, daydreams, and hallucinations comprising
      live-action, animation, and newsreel footage assembled to suggest the way personal
      memory works, subjectively and emotionally.

      Director's Biography: Miguel Coyula was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1977. He was part of a new wave of independent Cuban filmmakers in the late 90s working outside of the mainstream using digital technology on shoestring budgets. Early on he came to the attention of the public through his shorts which garnered many awards at various film festivals. After graduating from the prestigious International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, in 1999, Coyula came to New York to study at the Strasberg Theater Institute and to direct his first feature, Red Cockroaches which has since become a cult classic. Variety called it “undeniably inventive, visually stunning” and a “triumph of technology in the hands of a visionary with know-how.”
      (2010) 112 minutes

      Discussion following film with Director Miguel Coyula, facilitated by Cecelia Burke Lawless, Associate Director, Latin American Studies Program, Cornell University.

      This film is part of a series made possible with the support from Cornell Cinema in collaboration with Latin American Studies Program, Latino Studies Program and CUSLAR.


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