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  • Since 2012, the Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias documentary film tours have screened eight U.S. documentaries and engaged with Cuban audiences in Cienfuegos, Camaguey, Holguin, Bayamo, Guantanamo, Baracoa, Pinar del Río, the Sierra Maestra Mountains and Havana. 
  • AMI continues to be the only U.S. organization allowed by Cuba to screen U.S. documentaries in the island’s provinces. We have now spoken with over 1,000 Cuban citizens through our tours with films that confront pressing U.S. social issues, including gun violence, the Iraq War, immigration and racism. 
  • Our Cuban filmmaker tours have visited over 40 university and college campuses in North America and presented to over 3,500 students and faculty. 
  • Since 2011, AMI has distributed approximately 750 DVDs of Cuban independent and community media to more than 75 universities and hundreds of individuals in the U.S. and Canada with our distribution partner, Icarus Films in New York.

Your Support is Essential!
Fundraising for our crucial work in Cuba remains challenging, as many foundations still feel uneasy about committing their funds in a place that is still subject to the U.S. Embargo. Individual support is critical because it allows AMI to creatively utilize funds that would fall outside of traditional foundation support.

As we have said in years past, the political barriers and bureaucracy that accompany any U.S.-Cuba initiative are often staggering. This uncertain and tumultuous political era that the U.S. is entering into only heightens the need for AMI’s continued work, as opportunities for creative expression and international collaboration are essential. AMI remains firmly committed to redefining and reimagining the political, social and economic landscapes of Cuba and the U.S. 

Please consider supporting our work with a tax-deductible donation to the Americas Media Initiative!