by: Cuban News Agency ACN
The children and youth project ‘Voces del Audiovisual’ (video voices) in Gibara in Holguin province honored with his work the continuity of the legacy of Humberto Solás in the recently concluded International Film Festival of Gibara this July.
Lázaro García, director of ‘Voces del Audiovisual’, explained that the project came about on the initiative of the museologist Bárbara López, who in 2010 managed to realise the dream of filmmaker Solás, who died in 2008, to encourage filmmaking from an early age.
Garcia said that in the last eight years his main objective has been to create a pathway combining leisure and learning, where children enter the audiovisual world but always in terms of learning through play so as not to neglect the essence of childhood.
About 20 children and adolescents between nine and 19 years of age make up this filmmaking group with more than 10 films presented this year including documentaries, fiction shorts and promotional spots.
Amongst these films the documentary “Children of now” stands out, said Lázaro. The documentary brings together the testimonies of several children from Gibara who tell from their perspective the experiences of them and their families when the town was hit badly by Hurricane Ike in 2008 and what they did to keep positive and cheer each other up.
Garcia added that the work was dedicated especially to the children of Haiti, as a message of support to those who frequently suffer from natural disasters and epidemics such as cholera.
He explained that the filmmaking workshops run by the project coordinators are a way of involving any young people who are interested and want to learn skills, and are mainly carried out in conjunction with the Museum of Natural Sciences.
However, he clarified, for the actual filmmaking they always involve the wider local population, the protagonists par excellence, and for this local people are invited to auditions where the children and young people in their roles as producers, cameramen, directors or scriptwriters direct the selection process.
Isac García, a 15-year-old project founder, gave thanks for the chance to have been involved in this initiative since he was seven years old and said he has grown not only in knowledge but also as a human being from the interaction with so many other people.
The digital portal ‘Liba Jibá’ is another of the achievements of ‘Voces del Audiovisual’, which is managed by members of the project to inform people of its activities, and promotes videos related to cleaning beaches in favour of environmental protection.
The Yumurí festivals in Matanzas, Cámara Chica in Pinar del Río, ‘Rondando tu fantasia’ in Villa Clara, the ‘Fotoface’ space in the Romerías de Mayo and the Gibara International Film Festival in Holguín are some of the annual events that welcome these restless youth who, camera in hand, give free rein to their creations.
Translated by Google translate and Cuba50