The Personal is Political

Join us for our FINAL Cuban Visions program, featuring a screening of the award-winning documentary, La Música de las Esferas (Music of the Spheres), directed by Marcel Beltrán. Marcel is a graduate of the renowned International Film and Television School (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños and is considered one of the most important filmmakers working in Cuba today. Marcel's work spans a broad range of genres, including documentary and fiction, and has won him multiple Best Director awards at the Muestra Joven (Young Directors Film Festival) in Havana.

WHEN: November 10, 2:00 PM

La Música de las Esferas (Music of the Spheres) / Directed by Marcel Beltrán / 82 min. / 2018 / Documentary Feature / Spanish with English subtitles

Beltrán’s father Mauricio and mother Regina met in the 1980s. Equally committed to socialist ideals, they started a life together, even though Regina’s father rejected Mauricio on account of his race. Beltrán draws out what was sacrificed as his parents forged into the austerity of the 1990s, simultaneously confronting the fraught politics of both family and nation.

POST-SCREENING CONVERSATION: We’ll be sitting down with Director Marcel Beltrán to talk about the creative processes behind directing a film as personal as Music of the Spheres. The discussion will also touch on recent reforms within the Cuban film industry and the future of Cuban filmmaking.



Marcel Beltrán was born in Moa, Cuba. Beltrán is an independent director and film editor based in Havana. A son of painters, he graduated with a Gold Diploma at the Instituto Superior de Arte (University of the Arts, ISA) in 2008, completing his studies at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV), San Antonio de los Baños in 2011. Beltrán has been awarded Best Director numerous times at the Muestra Joven ICAIC (Youth Film Festival), an annual showcase featuring new narratives in Cuban cinema. His film Cisne cuello negro, cuello blanco (Black-Neck Swan, White-neck) participated in the 2013 Documentary Fortnight Showing at the MoMA in New York. He has also participated in Talent Campus Guadalajara 3, Kino Off-Courts, Trouville (2011), La Corrida Audiovisuelle (2013) in Toulouse, the First International Congress of Cinema and New Technologies in Tandil, Argentina, the Cinergia Encounter Costa Rica (2014), and the Rotterdam Lab (2015), among others. In 2015, his narrative short La Nube (The Cloud) won the Coral Prize at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. Beltrán currently teaches a film workshop for children, part of the international cinema program Cinema, one hundred years of youth, in collaboration with the French Cinematheque, Paris. He is also a teacher and consultant at the EICTV and The School of Design Altos de Chavón in the Dominican Republic.