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Invisible Color

Director: Sergio Giral
From: USA / Cuba
Year: 2017 Minutes:47
Language: English and Spanish with English subtitles
Genre: Documentary

This latest documentary by the Dean of Afro-Cuban Cinema Sergio Giral investigates the black Cuban exile community in South Florida, since the first wave of political refugees in the 1959 revolutionary aftermath, to today. It tracks its presence throughout the region, and highlights its contribution to Miami's civic culture through testimonies and visual documentation.

"While any visitor to Cuba will notice the ubiquitous presence of Afro-descendants everywhere, and they have become the public image of the post-Soviet Cuban diaspora in Europe and around the world, black Cubans are invisible in the biggest Cuban enclave outside Cuba: South Florida. The Miami exile is white. Although there was about a 10% of Cubans of color in the pre-1990s exile waves, only a tiny fraction of them stayed in Miami, where non-white Cubans made only a 2% of the total. The Cuban revolution exodus occluded a U.S. civil rights movement in which the newcomers, by and large, did not participate, setting Miami in "an alternative path for race relations," according to historians. Consequently, the city has remained one of the most segregated and racially unequal in the country, and black Cubans have tended to bypass it for friendlier places farther north and west. Research has shown, in addition, that those who stayed did not benefit from the enclave's economic and social networks, and in the context of a lingering residential segregation, settled in black neighborhoods and integrated into the African American community within one generation. The result is that the faces of Cuban exile are exclusively white." -- Sergio Giral


Sergio Giral is an American citizen born in Havana, Cuba out of a Cuban father and American mother. He was raised in New York until he returned to Cuba at the time of the Revolution in 1960. He began working for The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), in 1961. He went on to make a number of short films, documentaries and features. With more than 30 years of experience as a film director and scriptwriter, Giral has dedicated most of his films to Afro-Cuban and Caribbean history and culture. His famous trilogy depicting historical considerations on 19th century slavery in Cuba and the Caribbean (including Maluala and Placido also available through ArtMattan Films) have achieved numerous awards and recognitions around the world. Sergio Giral return to United States in 1991.

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