Friday, April 19, 2013

Gloria Rolando in Miami

Acclaimed Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando finished the last leg of her most recent U.S. tour with a special trip to Miami's Little Haiti to talk about Cuba, Haiti, and the ties that bind.  She showed the second chapter of her ground-breaking documentary 1912: Breaking the Silence which was well-received by the audience at the historic Libreri Mapou which hosted Gloria and the screening.    

A few nights later, she was on hand to show the final chapter of the 1912 trilogy at the downtown campus of Miami-Dade College.  Diaspora Vibe hosted the event which was a wonderful way to wrap up Gloria's busy itinerary which took her to Atlanta, Palm Coast & Gainesville, Florida, Stanford University and Bethune-Cookman University.  

Below are some photographs I took during Gloria's week in Miami.

[All photographs byJosé Pérez - all rights reserved -- todos fotos por José Pérez - todos derechos reservado] 

Gloria and Jan Mapou of Sosyete Koukouy enjoyed a great conversation about Cuba's Haitian heritage inside of his wonderful bookstore on NE 2 Avenue.  

Gloria took time to stop and pay homage to Haiti's first great hero, Toussaint L'Ouverture.

After the showing Chapter 2 of her ground-breaking documentary, 1912: Breaking the Silence at the Libreri Mapou, Gloria had a chance to meet and talk with Yolande Thomas, graceful guardian of Haitian folklore and culture and member of Sosyete Koukouy.
 Gloria was also pleased to meet Yvette Rodriguez and Yvonne Rodriguez at the Libreri Mapou in Little Haiti.

 Gloria and Ileana Casanova at the Mapou Bookstore.

Gloria with Bahia Ramos (l) of the James L. Knight Foundation and Rosie Gordon-Wallace (r), Executive Director of Diaspora Vibe, Inc. after the downtown Miami screening.