Eloy Guzmán was one of the thousands of Cubans who were expelled from the island because of their sexual preferences. Nevertheless, since he left from the port of Mariel in 1980, he has managed to rebuild his life in the United States. Now, he lives happily with his partner in Vermont, but he doesn’t want to forget what happened. To that end he’s been writing down his memories so that the experiences he and his friends lived through don’t get erased from memory.
Graduated in journalism from the School of Communications at the University of Havana. Coordinator of the monthly film showing and talk Confluencias del lente (EICTV-AHS). Was part of the first training course “Video journalism for electronic media”, developed in 2011 by the The VJ Movement Foundation and the Aca Media Latam Foundation. Co-directed the short film Padre nuestro (Our Father) (2011). Directed the documentaries Margot (2013) and Del fango a la fe (From Filth to Faith) (2013). His documentary Máscaras (Masks) is distributed by Icarus Films and Americas Media Iniciative (AMI), and is going the rounds of a variety of festivals in Latin America. His feature film Villa rosa (Pink Villa) (2016) was distinguished recently by a grant from the Sparring Partners Fund, based in Italy, for the development of audiovisual projects in the Caribbean, the Norwegian Fund for Cuban Cinema, and AMI’s Closing Distances Award.
Graduate in Journalism from the University of Havana. Founding member of the Santiago Álvarez Chair of ICAIC. He is the Director of Encuadre, a new networking platform for Cuban filmmakers. Worked as Publications coordinator at EICTV. Created screenplays for Villa Rosa (Pink Villa), La hora de los desconectados (The Hour of the Offline), Normadentro.
by Lázaro González y Nelson G. Breijo