Gloria arrives at the Festival with Sir Trevor Carmichael and the Cuban Ambassador. Receiving the Prize for the Work of a Lifetime presented to her by the Co-Chairs of the Festival.
Fulfilling an invitation made by the Co-President of the Barbados International Independent Film Festival, Dr. Sir Trevor Carmichael, Cuban documentary filmmaker Gloria Rolando attended the Festival and screened in a special exhibition at the Walcott Theater of the Errol Barrow Center for Creative Imagination of the University of the West Indies his 1996 documentary "My Footsteps in Baraguá", which depicts in interviews and collecting samples of cultural footprints, the history of the migration of Barbadians and Jamaicans to Ciego de Ávila, in Cuba, from Panama and Central America as a result of the completion of work on the Panama Canal and the diaspora throughout the Caribbean to work in the growing Cuban sugar industry since the 20s of the last 20th century.
The Panel that commented on the sample. From left to right, Dr. Rosa Ana Herrero Martin, Dr. Yanique Hume, Sir Trevor Carmichael, the Ambassador of Cuba in Barbados, Sergio de Jesus Jorge Pastrana and the Director of the Errol Barrow Center of the University, Dr. Andrew-Millington.
A panel of professors from the University which also included the director of the Center, Dr. Andrew Millington, the Ambassador of Cuba, Sergio Jorge Pastrana, and the President of the Festival, commented on this film as well as all the work of the filmmaker. They recognized the trajectory of a portfolio of such importance for the history of Afro-descendant populations throughout the Caribbean.
That occasion motivated the delivery by the Festival of a Special Prize for the Work of Life to author Gloria Rolando, who has documented the diaspora of Africans in the Caribbean and beyond and their traces in different local cultures, especially in Cuba.
The Program of the Festival,and the page in which the two guests of honor are shown, and in which the presentation of the Lifetime Award to the Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando is announced
Also present were representatives of Cubans residing in Barbados, as well as other representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Barbados and authorities of the Barbadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Barbadian musician and Ambassador, Dr. Anthony Carter, better known as “The Mighty Gabby”, told the audience of emotional anecdotes of his contact with Cuban-born Barbadians, both in Cuba and Barbados.
The exhibition became an interesting account of cultural relations throughout the Caribbean and of the traces in our respective national cultures, in addition to a recognition of Cuban culture and its commendable work of historical documentation represented in the figure of the filmmaker recognized on that occasion . The special night of the Festival had an impact on the written press and other media as well.
Gloria Rolando's visit to the Cubana 455 bombing Victims Monument where she paid homage to those fallen.