October 25, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Cinematheque108 and Ibidem Films invite you and a guest to a special screening of:

The Strawberry Tree (El Árbol De Las Fresas)

Directed/Produced/Shot/Edited by
Simone Rapisarda Casanova

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 25th, 2012
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

“There's a deceptive simplicity to Simone Rapisarda Casanova's The Strawberry Tree, which makes its highly considered p.o.v. especially refreshing” -Jay Weissberg (Variety)

“slyly masterful” -Peter Goddard (The Toronto Star)

“utterly tantric” -Ciara Lavelle (Miami New Times)

About The Strawberry Tree (El Árbol De Las Fresas)

Testing the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie, the film is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that portrays with rigorous restraint the final sigh of one of Cuba's last fishing villages. Besides the introductory sequence, the film was entirely shot in the remote hamlet of Juan Antonio, only weeks before it disappeared at the hands of a hurricane. Located where Columbus first set anchor in his 1492 "discovery" of the New World, the village hosted a singular fishing community, where traits and habits of the Taìno indigenous population had survived and mixed with those of the Spanish colonizers. The film primarily focuses on the daily routines of two families, Silva Ocampo and Silva Vidal, while they prepare for Children's Day and the next day's fishing expedition. Their ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent attitude toward the filmmaker, provide a continuous source of reflection and amusement. The filmmaker's initial prominence slowly fades through the course of the film, leaving space to the tension between the village and its ultimate fate. Through a candid observation of the villagers and of the peculiar relationship that develops between them and the filmmaker, the film renders a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a meditation on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time.

Provided courtesy of Ibidem Films. Not rated. Running time: 71 minutes. In Spanish, with English subtitles.

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About Cinematheque108

Cinematheque108 is an alternative screening series sponsored by the Critical Studies Department at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The series offers a rare selection of events that highlight noteworthy experimental, documentary, and/or foreign films, many of which can not be seen anywhere else. Cinematheque108 is an educational forum that aims to expand understanding of alternative film and media. All screenings are free of charge and open to the pubic.

About Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago