Rigoberto Lopez

lopezAn acclaimed director of documentary films—including the internationally lauded Yo Soy, del Son a la Salsa (1996 Havana Film Festival first prize winner; 1997 Gramado Film Festival Special Jury Award)—Lopez successfully realized his first fiction film in 2002 with Roble de Olor (Scent of Oak), recipient of both the Vigia Award and the Educational Cinematography Award at the 2003 Havana Film Festival.

In his most recent project, Lopez has stepped behind the scenes, as President of the inaugural Traveling Caribbean Film Showcase. The program for this twelve-week itinerant film festival—which began on February 22, 2007 in St. Kitts and Nevis and concluded in Havana on June 16—consisted of 30 films representing 15 different countries from the Caribbean. Sponsored by UNESCO, and supported by the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), the showcase is committed to exhibiting both the diversity and unity of Caribbean cultural identity, while exploring the potential of the Caribbean filmmaking industry through its alternative approach to cinematic exhibition.

Interview with Rigoberto Lopez

The 'festival' and the optics of globalization
The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase
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