Screening at Biasasa: Cayo Hueso by Juan Carlos Alom (2022, 11min) & Primordial Earth by Léonard Pongo (2021, 8min)

Cayo Hueso

Cayo Hueso is a working class neighborhood nestled in the heart of Havana. There is talk of pirates, a Leprosarium, the Charity House where children abandoned to their fate were surnamed Valdés, the Espada Cemetery and the San Dionisio Insane Asylum. 

Aramburu, Amistad, Oquendo, Soledad, San Martín, Lucena, Gervasio, Ánimas, Virtudes, twin souls were born along these streets: rumba and feeling. The tobacco growers replicated Cayo Hueso in La Florida.

Underneath this pain that my people suffer is the voice of the drums that resounds in polyrhythmic conversations that go through walls and bodies.

The film with which I shot Key West expired 30 years ago, it is a material contaminated by fungi, which distorts the latent image, decomposes it into abstract forms that merge with the music and the real voices in streets, long lines, parks, corners, blows of wear to a country battered by hurricanes and despotisms.

Primordial Earth

Primordial Earth: Inhabiting the Landscape is a short movie that presents the Congolese landscape as an allegory to life and death on the planet and questions the origins of life, offering to see the DRC as its possible origin.

The filming techniques employed enable to capture light outside of the visible spectrum, creating a visual language that presents an altered vision of the world, far removed from the usual discourse and depictions of Congo, and imbued with a sense of power and mysterious beauty. Primordial Earth challenges documentary narratives by creating images that present the landscape as a character endowed with its own power, posing questions about the relevance of humanity.