2002-03

  • Antonio Benítez-Rojo (b. 1931, Havana-d. 2005, Northampton, Mass.): The Thomas B. Walton Jr. Memorial professor at Amherst College at the time of his death, Benítez Rojo was the author of several books, including a trilogy on the Caribbean consisting of the novels Sea of Lentils and Mujer en traje de batalla and the essay collection The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective. Benítez Rojo was an economist at the Cuban Ministry of Labor when he wrote his first collection of short stories, Tute de reyes, which won a Casa de las Américas prize in 1966. His stories have been translated to several languages and published in anthologies such as The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories and The Picador Book of Latin American Short Stories. He won the Kovacs award from the Modern Language Association and the Pushcart Prize for short stories. He wrote the script for the film Los sobrevivientes, directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. (Cintas for literature, 1990-91, 2002-03)

  • Lisandro Pérez-Rey (b. 1975, Baton Rouge). After studying anthropology at Florida International University, Pérez-Rey began working in film and television. His full-length documentary on the Mariel boatlift, Beyond the Sea (Más allá del mar), was an official selection of the 2003 Los Angeles Film Festival, the Leeds International Film Festival and the Cambridge Latino Film Festival, and won for best feature-length documentary in the Made in Miami Film Festival. He is a recipient of a grant from the Ford Foundation and was selected by the Miami Light Project as an emerging artist in 2005 and 2006. He is also a 2005 South Florida Cultural Consortium fellow. Other documentaries include The Cuban Hip Hop Factory/La Fabri-K and Those I Left Behind. (Cintas for art/film, 2002-2003) 

  • Mari Rodríguez-Ichaso (b. 1943 Havana): After working in journalism, TV production and film for more than 30 years, Rodríguez-Ichaso wrote and directed the documentary Branded by Paradise, about women in Cuba, and Made in Cuba: Children of Paradise. Her films have met with success at international film festivals such as Prague's One World Human Rights Festival, the International Festivals in Karlovy Vary, and festivals in London, Miami, Chicago and New Orleans. She was the associate producer of the feature film Bitter Sugar. (Cintas in art, 2002-03)

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