Cuban Animation from the 1960s to today

Still from La Madre (The Mother)

Still from La Madre (The Mother)


WHEN: October 19, 7:00 PM

This screening will debut an original program of short animations, some of which were produced in the 1960’s by the ICAIC Animation Studios. These shorts reflect many of the early revolution’s aspirations: improved literacy, healthcare, housing, and food production. The screening will also feature contemporary Cuban animations, illustrating the evolution of both the Cuban Revolution and Cuban animation from the ‘60s to present-day.

Thank you to ICAIC Animation Studios (Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos), which has generously donated some of the featured animations.

POST-SCREENING CONVERSATION: The discussion will feature on of the program’s curators, Julio César Guanche Zaldívar, law professor, historian and former Deputy Director of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema (Havana Film Festival). The discussion will reflect on the evolution of Cuban animation and the use of film to promote the ideals of the Revolution, while also posing relevant criticisms.




Julio César Guanche was born in Havana in 1974. He received his law degree from the University of Havana, and a Masters in Public Law from the University of Valencia. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Havana and directed several national publications and editorials. He worked, first as an advisor and then as deputy director, to the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana. He has authored several books, including The Imagination Against the Norm, Eight Approaches on the Republic of 1902, and The Man on the Cornice. Among many other recognitions, he has obtained two consecutive mentions (2005 and 2006) in the Social Sciences section of Temas Magazine’s International Essay Prize. He is a member of the Editorial Board of several magazines, such as Temas, Cuban Studies, Without Permission and OSAL. He is a member of Yale University’s Constitutional and Political Theory Seminar in Latin America (SELA), American Society for Legal History, Historical Sociology Research Group (FLACSO-Ecuador), the Cuban section of the Latin American Studies Association, and the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists. Earlier this year he served as a visiting scholar at Harvard University and a visiting professor at Northwestern University. He is currently a visiting scholar at Max Planck Institute for European Legal History.