By Nestor MarinLondon, Nov 9 (Prensa Latina) Cuban filmmaker Roberto Chile presented here today his documentary Simply Korda, dedicated to the author of the iconic photograph of Commander Ernesto Che Guevara, also considered the most reproduced image in history.
The film, shown in full room this Saturday at the London headquarters of independent studios Sand Films, was released in Cuba in 2010, but as Chile explained to Prensa Latina, it never loses its validity because it brings the viewer closer to other facets of the life of the great Photographer Alberto Diaz Gutierrez, better known as Alberto Korda.He pointed out that a principle was going to be a much more extensive documentary, but after Korda's sudden death in May 2001, he decided to concentrate it on an unpublished interview he had done 10 years ago, where he narrates his beginnings in the profession, and how he He later became the photographic chronicler of the Cuban Revolution.
After the exhibition of the film, Chile interacted with the large audience, who explained that, like his colleague, he was also very close to the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, for 25 years after starting as a cameraman in the State Council
De Korda said he always admired him not only for his quality as a professional, but also for his humility.
He never claimed money for the use of Che Guevara's photo, despite being the most reproduced, revered and manipulated image in the history of contemporary photography, said Chile, who also noted that when he received a payment, the famous photographer I donated it for the treatment of children with cancer.
Chile added that the main reason for his trip to the United Kingdom was to open a joint photographic exhibition with his Scottish colleague Dougie Souness at the Havana Glasgow Film Festival, and that it is dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Cuban capital.
In this regard, he said that instead of photographing the city and its emblematic buildings, he preferred to portray the faces of the humble people who inhabit it.
The renowned Cuban documentary filmmaker, winner of the Jose Marti National Journalism Award in 2018, is also working with the filmmaker and producer Mark Craig, author of the acclaimed film The Last Man on the Moon, in a documentary about the Cuban runner Alberto Juantorena, double Olympic champion in 400m and 800m in Montreal 76.
Craig, who organized the presentation of the documentary about Korda, told Prensa Latina that he hopes to finish Running for the Revolution for the spring of next year, and premiere it at the New Latin American Film Festival in December 2020 in La Havana
He also considered it a great privilege to work with Chile, whom he said he admired not only for his work as a documentary filmmaker and photographer for Fidel Castro, but for his artistic sensibility when addressing other issues of Cuban history and culture.
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