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Documentary Video Production in Havana


Spring Only

Program Overview

Havana is a place like no other.

"Even now, years later, I still look at those three months I spent in Havana as the most inspiring and creatively fulfilling time in my life -- It's a mindset I try to dip in to whenever I'm feeling lost or downtrodden."
-Emma Thatcher, Spring Semester in Havana

21st century Havana is a city of contradictions — steeped in tradition but on the verge of a radical change in cultural direction. From rumba and salsa and Revolution-era art and literature to the recent opening of western influence, Havana is a landscape that is overflowing with possibilities for documentary storytelling — and it’s yours to discover.

This documentary video production course, offered in collaboration with the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, the Cuban National Institute of Film and Television (ICAIC), and the University of Havana, takes you through all the crucial steps from the development of ideas and research through editing and post-production. In addition, you attend screenings of Cuban documentaries, workshops, master classes, and class discussions exploring various aspects of documentary practice and Cuban cinema.

Outside the classroom, you live in a historic Cuban ‘casa particular’ with a Cuban family and other Tisch students.  All 'casas' are centrally located within walking distance to the campus of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba and the University of Havana and offer private and shared bedrooms/bathrooms, meals and laundry service.