Rigoberto Jiménez is a filmmaker working in the Sierra Maestro Mountains of Cuba. His award-winning film portraits capture the dignity and stoicism of the men and women who live and work in these high, remote mountain ranges—revealing their daily hardships and pleasures, as well as the haunting nature of the landscape in which they live. The filmmaker will be present to introduce such short films as The Four Sisters (1997), The Echoes and the Mist (2004), and A Bridge over the River (2009). Jiménez trains aspiring filmmakers in documentary techniques at Television Serrana (TVS), a unique collaborative project, officially recognized by the Cuban Government in 1993, which was initiated by UNESCO, the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television, the Cuban Government, and the National Association of Small Farmers. Serrana’s work depends upon the participation and engagement of the people who live in the Sierra Maestro, and today all of the filmmakers at TVS are the children of farmers. Jiménez has also worked on documentary productions outside of Cuba, with indigenous communities in Honduras and Argentina, and he has collaborated with UNICEF on productions about childhood and community work in Cuba. Jiménez currently runs the First Year Program at the International Film and Television School (EICTV) outside of Havana. He graduated with a degree in literature from the Eastern University in Santiago, Cuba, and is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).
In the Film exhibition Modern Mondays
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