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Lucia, a film by Humberto Solas

This 1968 film charts women’s roles during three periods in Cuban history. It will be introduced by Carol Donelan, associate professor of Cinema and Media Studies and Yansi Perez, assistant professor of Spanish.

Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Boliou Hall, room 104

Contact: Laurel Bradley

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Lucia (155 min) presents the story of women in revolution through the lives of three Lucias, each from a different social class. The first participated in the struggle for Cuban independence from Spain in 1895; the second struggled against dictator Geraldo Machado in 1933 and the last Lucia found her life transformed by Fidel Castro’s revolution in the late 1950s.

Film is a popular medium with widespread impact. Yet before the Cuban Revolution of 1959, only Mexico—among Latin American nations—had an advanced film industry. One of the first actions taken by the Cuban revolutionary leadership was to found ICAIC, the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos. Films including Solas’s Lucia brought international acclaim to the new industry.

For further information on Lucia, consult the cross cultural film guide (American University, 1992) or read about the film on the Internet Movie Database.