The Fugitives
Los cimarrones

Director: Dami Sainz Edwards
Cuba | 2020 | Spanish with English subtitles | 12.30 min

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Screens ONLINE only before Valentina


The night forest hides the deepest terrors of Orestes as he searches for his brother: the thick darkness, the spirits of enslaved ancestors, the echoes of forbidden sexual desire amidst the lush vegetation.

” Here the visual treatment is audacious, the compositions draw meaning from the images of the “satyr” bodies, bodies ready for enjoyment, which, protected from social oppression, can fully experience, evoke and enforce their desire.” – Ángel Pérez, Rialta

El bosque nocturno esconde los terrores más profundos de Orestes mientras busca a su hermano: la densa oscuridad, los espíritus de los antepasados ​​esclavizados, los ecos del deseo sexual prohibido en medio de la tupida vegetación.

Photo of Dami Sainz Edwards

DAMI SAINZ EDWARDS graduated from the University of Arts, Havana, Cuba, and from the EICTV with a degree in Documentary Directing. Sainz also studied at the Mel Hoppenheim Film School in Montreal, and at the Cinema du Réel Department at HEAD Genève. They have made numerous short films, such as Batería (2016) and Naufragio (2012) that focus on LGBTQ+ culture on the island and Cuban youth. Many of their films have been selected and awarded in international film festivals like Havana, Fribourg, FICUNAM, Documenta Madrid, and FICU. Since 2018, they organize and curate Cineclub CUIR, an independent project of film exhibition in Cuba with a queer, feminist, and anti-racist vision.