AMI is proud to be sponsoring one of the most important young documentary filmmakers working in Cuba today on his first US visit. Damián's short documentaries focus on LGBTQ culture on the island and Cuban youth. Damián has worked as director, editor and producer on documentary films in Cuba, Canada, Switzerland and Spain. He lives and works as an independent filmmaker in Havana, Cuba.

The tour dates are October 15 - 30, 2017 and will be on a first come, first serve basis. We are asking for an honorarium, travel and housing support. Damián is a fluent English speaker and will be traveling on his own during most of the tour. For more information please contact us at info(at)americasmediainitiative.org.

AMI organizes Cuban Animation Tour in Louisiana

This fall AMI brought representatives of two of Cuba’s most important independent animation groups, ÑOOo Productions, based in Havana, and Oniroma, based in Santa Clara. The tour screened animations and engaged with students and professors at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and Tulane University in New Orleans. The tour was sponsored in part by Visit Baton Rouge and the Baton Rouge Film Commission. To see some of Oniroma animations check out our Cuban Animations page.


AMI awards two cash prizes at the Muestra Joven, Havana, Cuba, April 2016

For the second year in a row AMI has awarded cash prizes at the Muestra Joven Film Festival April 5-10, 2016. This year our Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias Film Prizes went to Lazaro Gonzalez for his documentary, Villa Rosa and Gabriela Leal Carranza for her animation, Quieres venir conmigo? (Want to come with me?). AMI will be distributing Villa Rosa this fall as part of the AMI Cuba DVD catalogue with Icarus Films.

AMI to give $2k prize at the Muestra Joven (Young Directors Film Festival) in Havana, April 5-10, 2016. 

As part of our on-going committment to support emerging filmmakers in Cuba we will be giving our second cash prize for a documentary in production at the Muestra Joven Film Festival in Havana. AMI will be part of the jury for the Haciendo Cine (Making Film) pitching session. The winner will be announced on April 9. AMI would like to thank the Lucias and Eva Eastman Fund for providing the support for the prize.


UPCOMING: Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias 4 Documentary Film Tour in Cuba, March 11-18, 2016

Our Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias Documentary Program has traveled to 10 towns in the Cuban provinces and reached more than 800 Cuban citizens, sparking critical and meaningful discussions on gun control, the Iraq War and racism. Closing Distances has brought U.S. documentaries, filmmakers and programmers to audiences in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, Baracoa, Guantanamo, Bayamo, Camaguey, Holguin, Cienfuegos, Havana and Pinar del Río.

In 2016 we will be doing two tours with the Hermanos Saíz Association (Asociación Hermanos Saíz – AHS/www.ahs.cu). AHS is the most important youth cultural association in Cuba with centers throughout the island. AHS supports projects in journalism, film, the plastic arts and literature and has special programs that tour their centers throughout the year.

Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias 4 will bring award-winning documentary filmmaker, Andrés Caballero and his film, Guacho del Norte to Santa Clara, Caibarien, Cienfuegos, El Nicho, Matanzas, Guasasa in the Ciénaga de Zapata and Havana.

ImageOnCuba article about the AMI Inside Contemporary Cuban Film Delegation, January 14-22, 2016:


The Americas Media Initiative (AMI) organized our first delegation to Cuba in collaboration with Anthropologie Consulting that focused on current trends in contemporary Cuban filmmaking. The trip was geared towards film programmers and curators, professionals in the film business, academics and people interested in contemporary Cuban filmmaking and provided insight and access normally unavailable to U.S. visitors. PHOTOS OF THE DELEGATION

An important focus of the delegation was to help clarify how the U.S. embargo still impacts Cuban filmmaking including the complex situation for Cuban independent filmmakers – who work outside of traditional Cuban cultural institutions – and their current legal status within Cuba. Alexandra Halkin, AMI Founding Director along with Jose Pineda, Director of Anthropologie Consulting led the delegation.

Due to the close working relationship AMI has with many filmmakers, delegates met one on one with documentary, and fiction filmmakers, and producers as well as animators and attended special screenings of their work. A unique aspect of the delegation was meeting filmmakers living outside of Havana. 

Anthropologie Consulting LLC
Anthropologie Consulting, LLC does extensive work around Cuba and Cuban culture, both in the U.S. and Cuba. Anthropologie Consulting, LLC is authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of the Treasury, to organize educational and cultural delegations to Cuba. Anthropologie Consulting, LLC is registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel. Registration No. ST38971.

For further information: Jose Pineda, jepp23@acjourneys.com or (786) 955-6660 or visit the AC Journeys website.

ImageBurlington Free Press, 4/29/15 
Cuban farmer sows, harvests fresh ideas in VT  
Joel Banner Baird

ImageAMI Director, Alex Halkin, Isis Salcines of the Organoponico in Alamar and Margarita Fernandez of the Vermont Caribbean Institute talk with radio host, Mark Johnson.

Isis Salcines from the Organoponico Alamar talking with Chris Bolden-Newsome from Bartram Community Farm in Philadelphia during our Tierralismo Good Earth Film Tour.

APRIL 13 - MAY 7, 2015

The Tierralismo Good Earth Film Tour will include screenings of the recently released documentary, Tierralismo: Stories from a Cooperative Farm. Part of the AMI Cuba catalogue, Tierralismo is about the history and practices of one of Cuba’s most successful urban farms, the Organoponico Vivero Alamar (Alamar Organic Cooperative). Tierralismo, introduces viewers to everyone from agronomists and senior management to workers who plant, plow, and propagate. What began as a necessity - farming without pesticides and chemical fertilizers - has become a source of pride to coop members. The film shows how they fertilize with compost and cow manure, raise their own insects for biological pest control, and have even created a fully biodegradable alternative to the plastic bag for use with seedlings.
The filmmaker, Alejandro Ramirez, and one of the co-founders of the Organoponico, Isis Salcines, will accompany the tour, creating a dynamic forum to share knowledge and create learning opportunities on film and food security, and the people who are driving both movements in Cuba and the U.S. Alexandra Halkin, Director of AMI will accompany the Cuban visitors on the tour.  Click here for more info.
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