HAVANA TIMES, March 14 — Institutional censorship of a documentary about a Cuban rapper compelled filmmaker Fernando Perez to quit his position as director of the Eleventh Youth Film Festival, to be held in Cuba from April to 3 to 8, reported the EFE news agency.
“The failure to demonstrate consistency in practice, even for what I proposed for the festival, prompted me to make the personal decision not to continue as its head,” said Perez after the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) refused to screen one of the selected documentaries.
According to the controversial blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, the excluded work is about rapper Raudel Collazo, of the “Escuadron Patriota” project, and was directed by documentary maker Ricardo Figueredo Oliva.
In its official section, this year’s festival includes 88 productions, of which 38 are feature films, 41 documentaries and 9 animations.
No comment regarding the censorship or Perez’ decision has been reported on by the Cuban press which routinely avoids such issues.