After attending the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, Zuzy Martin Lynch was inspired by the power of film to turn a brewing book project into a story about identity. After a string of serendipitous happenings and a somewhat successful crowdfunding campaign, the filmmaker took a leap of faith and began producing an insightful film that explores the Cuban-American experience today.
Filmed over the course of 40 days in San Francisco, Marin County, New Jersey, New York, Miami, Fort Worth, and Havana, Martin Lynch was driven and determined to complete the documentary within a year to create a time capsule of this moment in Cuba-U.S. relations, and also to ensure that her 4 living grandparents, who became exiled from Cuba over 50 years ago, would be able to see this project come to fruition. Overcoming the obstacles of being first-time filmmaker and the political intricacies of making a film about Cuba, Craving Cuba has now been accepted to 8 film festivals, has won an Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature Film at its World Premiere, and is screening to sold-out crowds throughout the country.
The film follows Ms. Martin Lynch on a journey of self-discovery as she interviews artists, musicians, journalists, politicans, grandparents, and others, on a quest to better understand herself, her community and Cuba today.
Welcoming remarks by the renowned writer Lourdes Gil, professor of Latin American Studies at Baruch College. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Ms. Martin Lynch, photographer Alexis Rodríguez-Duarte and stylist Tico Torres, both featured in the documentary. The panel will be moderated by the award-winning Cuban-American filmmaker and playwright Gabriel Rodríguez.
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Interviewed personalities: Soledad O’Brien (Journalist); Carlos Ponce (Actor); Padre Alberto Cutié (Episcopal priest, author); Eglise Gutierrez, (Opera Singer); Carmen Pelaez (Writer, actor, director); Ana Sofia Pelaez (food writer, author); Geandy Pavon (Artist); Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte & Tico Torres (Photographer & Stylist); Jaime Suchlicki, PhD, University of Miami; Raul Moas (Roots of Hope); D.A. George Gascon (San Francisco District Attorney); Cristina Garcia (Award-winning Novelist); Jessica Aguirre (NBC Bay Area Reporter); Maria Elena Gonzalez (Artist)
Zuzy Martin Lynch is a Cuban-American filmmaker, writer and producer who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ and heavily influenced by her grandparents, she attributes her passion and drive to her Cuban roots.
Her fascination with bicultural identity inspired
the making of Craving Cuba. She also frequently
speaks to schools and universities about identity,
following your dreams and what it means to be and become American. Previous works include the award-winning Web Series, Cooking for the Clueless & Friday’s with Fabio.
This exclusive screening, presented in collaboration with the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Baruch College, closes our cinema cycle of documentaries this calendar season.
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