Unmade in Cuba poster

UnMade in Cuba

These film posters reference “ghost films” that were never made. In showcasing Cuba’s rich cinema and vibrant graphic design traditions, these 53 images pay homage to island creativity.

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Alucho poster, Kiriki

Carteles de Alucho: Cuban Film Posters

Born in Havana in 1984, Alejandro Rodríguez Fornés “Alucho,” is a prolific graphic designer and an important figure in the use of emerging technologies and digital art in Cuban graphic design. This was his first solo exhibit in the United States.

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Film reels

Clásicos Restaurados 

This “Restored Classics” series features the work of some of Cuba’s most renowned graphic artists working today. Each creator designed an image to accompany one of the internationally renowned Latin American films restored in recent years. 

Students examine film posters in Special Collections

Posters of Cuba’s Revolutionary Films

This collection contains posters from 1962 to 2011 of feature films, documentaries, animated films, film events, and others that were produced in Cuba by Cuban artists. Posters were primarily created by using a silk screen process and were made for both Cuban and non-Cuban films.

Fernando Perez

Fernando Pérez  

Cuba’s most highly regarded filmmaker living today, Fernando Pérez enjoys a long relationship with William & Mary. The collection contains a wide range of primary source materials from film scripts to interviews to books documenting Perez’s extensive film career.

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Handmade book with cutout of bird

Handmade Books

Swem Library’s Special Collections Research Center holds dozens of books made by Cuban artists and W&M students practicing the art of bookmaking. Many of the items in the collection were created at Ediciones Vigía in Matanzas, Cuba and the Papiro workshop in Holguín, Cuba.

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Filmmaker Carlos Rodriguez

Interviews with Filmmakers & Artists

This collection includes filmed interviews with Cuban filmmakers, artists and writers created by W&M researchers and scholars. These interviews provide unique insight into their work, introduces us to other island creators and allows a glimpse of the changing island context during this time of accelerated transition  

Television Serrana building

Televisión Serrana

This collection contains the works of the filmmakers of Television Serrana, a rural community media organization in Cuba. Some of the films demonstrate creativity, showcasing innovative solutions to daily difficulties; others portray the region’s inhabitants and reproduce the rhythms of this rural zone.