DER Documentary

Sin Embargo: Never The Less

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by Judith Grey, Katherine Cheng & Eva Orner
color, 49 min, 2003




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After the revolution of 1959 and the U.S. embargo that followed, the people of Cuba were left to fend for themselves. Deprived of even the most basic goods, they scavenge the alleys and scrap heaps, giving new vitality to the discarded. Their recycled products are often remarkably ingenious and creative. For Andrs the sculptor, Tomas the canary breeder, and the other subjects of Sin Embargo, even the greatest pressure – whether levied by government or circumstance – cannot crush the spirit nor quash the desire to forge a better life for themselves and their families. Shot entirely in Cuba, Sin Embargo is a look into the hearts and dreams of struggling peoples and a tribute to their optimistic and resourceful determination to survive.

• Review in Spanish in the New Herald, Miami.


Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Guangzhou Film Festival, China, 2003
Götenburg Film Festival, Sweden, 2004
Best Documentary, Festival de Cine de Granada, Spain, 2003
Best Integral Realization Award, Honolulu Film Festival, 2004
Providence Latin American Film Festival, Rhode Island, 2004
Spirit of Moondance Award, Moondance Film Festival, Colorado, 2004
Boston International Film Festival, 2004
FICA - International Festival of Environmental Film & Video, Brazil, 2004
Best International Feature, Planet In Focus, Toronto Environmental Film Festival, 2004
Award of Commendation, Society for Visual Anthropology/American Anthropological Association Conference, San Francisco, 2004
United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford University, California, 2004
Film Fest New Haven, Connecticut, 2004
Festival ¡Cine Latino!, San Francisco, 2004
Best Environmental Documentary, Vermont International Film Festival, Burlington, 2004
Honorable Mention - Environment & Social Justice, Earthvision Environmental Film Festival, Santa Cruz, CA, 2004
Fingerlakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, NY, 2004
Human Rights In Film IFF, Warsaw, Poland, 2004
Portland International Nature & Environmental Film Festival, Oregon, 2004
CineEco, Seia, Portugal, 2004
Documentary and Ethnographic Film Festival, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2004
Sasä International Film Awards, Italy, 2004
World Community Film Festival, Courtenay, British Columbia, 2005
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Montana, 2005
Interuniversity Ethnographic Film Festival of Montreal, 2005
Best Documentary, DC Indepdendent Film Festival, 2005
Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival in Victoria, BC, Canada, 2005
Chicago Latino Film Festival, 2005
San Diego Latino Film Festival, 2005
Environmental Film Festival of Accra, Ghana, 2005
Hearts and Minds Film Festival, Delaware, 2005
Latin America Environmental Media Festival, Tulane University, New Orleans, 2005
ECOFILMS Festival, Rhodes, Greece, 2005
Latin American Film Festival, Netherlands, 2005
ECOCINE, International Environmental Film & Video Festival, Brazil, 2005
Green Wave 21st Century European Environment Festival, Bulgaria, 2005
Ecocinema Festival, Athens, Greece, 2005
2nd Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korea, 2005
New York International Latino Film Festival, 2005
Dokufest, International Documentary & Short Film Festival, Kosovo, 2005
Camden International Film Festival, Maine, 2005
10th Mostra Internacional do Filme Etnografico, Brazil, 2005
Black Earth Film Festival, Galesburg, IL, 2005
Cinesol Latin American Film Festival, Texas, 2005
Best Short Documentary, Ojai Film Festival, California, 2005
Detroit Docs, 2005
Verzio, 2nd International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest, 2005
Global Visions Film Festival, Edmonton, Canada, 2005
Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, Austin, TX, 2006
DER 35th Anniversary Celebration, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 2006
New York International Film Festival, 2006
Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, Canada, 2006
EarthDance International Environmental Film Festival, CA, 2007

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