El árbol de las fresas
The Strawberry Tree

Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Canada/Cuba, Documentary, 2011
71 min, HDV, Color
Spanish with English subtitles

Filmed in the remote fishing village of Juan Antonio, Cuba, just before it disappeared at the hands of a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas is a mesmerizing cinematic poem that tests the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie. The villagers' ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, render a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time. El árbol de las fresas won Honorable Mention in the Knight Documentary Competition at the Miami International Film Festival.

Texas Premiere


Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Simone Rapisarda Casanova was born in rural Sicily and inherited his first camera as a child when his father died in a car accident. He was raised by a mother that taught him how to read using Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees, and as a result, he hopes one day to live in the trees. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

Producer: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Production Companies: Ibidem Films
Screenwriter: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Cinematographer: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Editor: Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Sound Design: Simone Rapisarda Casanova

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El arbol de las fresas

Saturday, April 28 - 8:00 PM

MACC (Mexican American Cultural Center)