The MFAH, in collaboration with filmmaker Carroll Parrott Blue and the University of Houston, welcomes celebrated Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando to Houston. This program features a conversation with both of them, along with film scholar Margarita de la Vega Hurtado, and includes a screening of Rolando's latest film: 1912, Breaking the Silence (Voces para un silencio).
About the filmmaker
The primary focus of Gloria Rolando’s work is the African diaspora in the Caribbean. Originally trained in art history, she transitioned to filmmaking and has made documentaries and features. She has worked with the Cuban National Film Institute and is a founding member of the film collective Imagines del Caribe, based in Havana. Rolando is best known for films such as Oggun: An Eternal Presence, about Cuban Yoruba singer Lazaro Ros; My Footsteps in Baragua, a recounting of the history of a West Indian community in Cuba; and Eyes of the Rainbow, a documentary on Assata Shakur, the Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader who took refuge in Cuba. Her current project traces the history of Africans in Cuba.
Cosponsored by the University of Houston’s El Paso Corporation Lecture Series.
Special thanks to UH professor Martin Melosi for his generous support.