Viva el Vedado (Viva el Vedado)

  • Sancocho Sancocho


Home Viewing Fri, Oct 16
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:Viva el Vedado
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Cine Latino
The Art of Living
Cine en Familia
Release Year:2019
Runtime:71 min
Director:Stanley J. Staniski
Executive Producer:Farhad Fred Ebrahimi
Producer:Mary Patricia Wilkie Ebrahimi
Cinematographer:Stanley J. Staniski
Screenwriter:Stanley J. Staniski
Editor:Penny Trams
Composer:Magda Rosa Galbán
Juan Antonio Leyva


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Screening with short film Sancocha.

About Viva el vedado

Viva El Vedado presents the history of the Havana neighborhood of El Vedado from the last quarter of the 19th century through the Cuban Revolution and highlights its varied and outstanding architecture. Known as a cultural center of Havana, Vedado is particularly notable for its unique collection of Cuban architecture of the 20th century. Viva El Vedado was made over two-and-a-half years by cinematographer and director Stanley Staniski and producer Mary Wilkie Ebrahimi who lived in El Vedado before the Revolution. The documentary features interviews with architectural historian Eduardo Luis Rodríguez and urban planner Secundino Fernández as well as with Gustavo López González, assistant director of the National Museum of Decorative Arts, located in El Vedado. The film’s goal is to introduce its audiences to the neighborhood’s remarkable architecture, its vibrant life, and the need for preserving Vedado as part of Havana’s heritage. It is a glimpse beyond tourist fantasies and stereotypes, a rare view of one of Havana’s most important neighborhoods.

Recommended for Ages 10+

Viva El Vedado presenta la historia del barrio habanero de El Vedado desde el último cuarto del siglo XIX hasta la Revolución Cubana y destaca su variada y destacada arquitectura. Conocido como un centro cultural de La Habana, el Vedado es particularmente notable por su colección única de arquitectura cubana del siglo XX. Viva El Vedado fue realizada durante dos años y medio por el director de fotografía y director Stanley Staniski y la productora Mary Wilkie Ebrahimi, quienes vivieron en El Vedado antes de la Revolución. El documental presenta entrevistas con el historiador de la arquitectura Eduardo Luis Rodríguez y el urbanista Secundino Fernández, así como con Gustavo López González, subdirector del Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas, ubicado en El Vedado. El objetivo de la película es presentar al público la notable arquitectura del barrio, su vibrante vida y la necesidad de preservar el Vedado como parte del patrimonio de La Habana. Es un vistazo más allá de las fantasías y estereotipos turísticos, una vista poco común de uno de los barrios más importantes de La Habana.

Director Biography

Stanley Staniski is a director and cinematographer in film and television production. He has experience working on productions in fifty countries. In 1997 he traveled to Mozambique for a film on landmines, and in 2001 to Thailand for a film on trafficking in women. Both programs aired on PBS. Also for PBS and Turner Broadcasting, Stanley worked on the series Avoiding Armageddon, traveling to Sri Lanka to film how that country dealt with suicide bombers.

For three years, he worked as cinematographer for the Learning Channel’s Archeology series filming in Jordan, Egypt, Israel, and Ghana. Stanley was the Director of Photography for War Child, an award-winning feature length documentary on Emmanuel Jal, a former Sudanese child soldier turned rapper. For seven years, he was commissioned by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans to produce video and film projects for the museum. And he has also produced and filmed projects for the Smithsonian Institution, The National Gallery of Art, and the Phillips Collection.

In the recent past, he has worked on projects for the French TV channel Arte, and The Discovery Channel. Stanley was Director of Photography for a documentary about a disputed Angkor era temple, Preah Vihear, on the Thai/Cambodian border, and was Director/Cinematographer for a multi-screen video installation of Ruwanwelisya, a Sri Lanka temple. The video is currently on view at the Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s Asia Art Museum.

Stanley also recently served as Director/Director of Photography for Viva El Vedado, an independent feature documentary exploring the architectural history and people of the Havana neighborhood of Vedado. He is currently in production on a film about colonial Cuban architecture.

Sponsored By:

Victor’s 1959 Café, Swor & Gatto, Jos E. Palen, Acentos Inc., Print & Buy, Trujillo Accounting Services, Joe Callahan, Betty Lotterman, Blue Moon Productions

In this year when we cannot gather in person, and when you, our valued audience, cannot come to Cine Latino, Cine Latino will come to you - as CINE LATINO AT HOME / EN CASA! Cine Latino, the region’s only showcase of Latin American and Ibero cinema, features a rich tapestry of narrative and documentary films from across the globe from some of the world’s most acclaimed and up-and-coming Spanish- and Portuguese-language filmmakers.

Included Shorts

Sancocho (3min) More