Brouwer: The Origin of the Shadow (Brouwer: el origen de la sombra)


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Film Info
Original Title:Brouwer: el origen de la sombra
Programs:Cine Latino
Afro-Latino Focus
Women & Film
The Art of Living
Culture & Society
Women Directors
Release Year:2019
Runtime:70 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Habanero Film Sales
Director:Katherine T. Gavilán
Lisandra López Fabé
Producer:Katherine T. Gavilán
Cinematographer:Alejandro Alonso
Screenwriter:Lisandra López Fabé
Editor:Emmanuel Peña
Composer:Velia Díaz de Villalvilla


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One of the most emblematic productions of the impressive non-fiction Cuban independent cinema movement today, Brouwer: The Origin of the Shadow proposes an immersion into the life and creative process of Leo Brouwer’s, the outstanding Cuban and world-renowned composer. He opens the doors to his creative space allowing the viewer to explore his daily life and work. A die-hard iconoclast, he defies us to question art, Cuba, and even the purpose of a documentary about him, in a way that is quintessential to his private & artistic persona after eight decades of existence. Brouwer: The Origin of the Shadow is not a traditional biopic. It is a radically unconventional and definitely expressionist portrait of one of the most important musicians and musical thinkers in the history of art on the island.

Brouwer, El origen de la sombra, una de las producciones más emblemáticas del espectacular movimiento del cine independiente cubano de no ficción de los últimos tiempos, propone una inmersión en la vida y el proceso creativo de Leo Brouwer, el excelente compositor cubano reconocido mundialmente. Él abre las puertas a su espacio creador permitiendo al espectador explorar su vida y trabajo cotidiano. Él es un iconoclasta severo que nos desafía a cuestionar el arte, a Cuba e incluso el propósito del documental sobre él mismo, de una forma arquetípica de su personalidad privada y artística después de ocho décadas de vida. Brouwer: El origen de la sombra no es una película biográfica tradicional. Es un retrato radicalmente no convencional y definitivamente expresionista de uno de los músicos y pensadores musicales más importantes en la historia del arte en Cuba.

Director Biography

Katherine T Gavilan

Havana-based actress, activist, voice coach, director and producer. In 2015, she created the VOCES ITINERANTES Project. She holds a MFA in Fine Arts from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). Her feature-length documentary BROUWER:EL ORIGEN DE LA SOMBRA co-directed with Lisandra López Fabé, is her debut film.

Director Biography

Lisandra Lopez Fabe

Havana-based scriptwriter and director. She is a graduate of Cuba’s International Film School-EICTV and from the Universidad de las Artes. She obtained a scholarship from Concordia University to participate in the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program in Montreal. Among the films in which she collaborated as a scriptwriter, we can mention LIMBO (2016), ALONA (2016), DUELO (2016), EL PROYECTO (2017), and HOME (2019 ). Her feature-length documentary BROUWER: EL ORIGEN DE LA SOMBRA co-directed with Katherine T. Gavilán, is her debut film.