New York’s MoMA Brings Traveling Exhibition of Documentary
Shorts to Cuba
HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 21 (acn) ‘Closing Distances’, a U.S.
documentary shorts program organized by the New York-based
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will begin on Sunday, March 25th, a
tour around several Cuban cities.
The traveling exhibition is
organized by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator
at MoMA, and Alexandra Halkin, Director of the Americas Media
a non-profit organization based in Burlington, Vermont, that
Cuban filmmakers, while the Cuban counterpart providing the
support is the Havana-based Young Directors Film Festival (Muestra
The documentary shorts included in the exhibition will be
screened in the
cities of Cienfuegos, Gibara, Holguin, and Camaguey, before they
presented at the end of the tour at the Young Directors Film
According to the Americas Media Initiative, the goal of Closing
Distances/Cerrando Distancias is to screen a selection of U.S.
short films that present unique and diverse local U.S.
experiences to a
wide Cuban audience and, through cultural exchange, to increase
understanding and foster dialogue between U.S. and Cuban
The exhibition is made up of four documentary short films and
Two of the documentaries are Sara Neeson’s ‘Poster Girl’ (2010),
young female American vet sent to Iraq who suffers from post
stress disorder, and Gail Dolgin and Robin Fryday’s ‘The Barber
Birmingham’ (2011), about 85-year-old James Armstrong, a foot
the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Both films were
Academy Awards in the Documentary Shorts category.
Other films in the program are Jesse Epstein’s ‘Wet Dreams’ and
Images’, a Sundance award-winning documentary, and Anthony
‘Housekeeping’, about a migrant hotel housekeeper’s meditation
on her life
and the lives and habits of the people for whom she works.
‘Miss Devine’, directed by the Rauch Brothers, is the short
included in the program.
The Americas Media Initiative—Cuba Media Project is a new
focused on the distribution of Cuban independent and community
the United States.