Cuban filmmaker visits B-CU

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World-renowned Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando, who has produced her films and documentaries in Cuba for more than two decades, was on Bethune-Cookman University’s campus last week. Her visit was facilitated by Dr. Alberto Jones of the Caribbean-American Children Fund and B-CU history professor Raphael Jackson.

Gloria Rolundo, center, recently visited Bethune-Cookman University to share her documentary on Afro-Cuban Jazz. She is shown with Dr. Edison Jackson, B-CU president, left, and Dr. Alberto Jones.(RAPHAEL JACKSON)

Gloria Rolundo, center, recently visited Bethune-Cookman University to share her documentary on Afro-Cuban Jazz. She is shown with Dr. Edison Jackson, B-CU president, left, and Dr. Alberto Jones.
(RAPHAEL JACKSON)

Rolando previewed her 2004 documentary “Nostros y el Jazz/Jazz in Us,’’ highlighting the Afro Cubans’ love for African-American jazz. One of the highlights of the documentary was with Cuban Ramiro de la Cuestra, who mentioned that his life changed when he won a scholarship to attend then Bethune-Cookman College to study music.

“The lecture and film viewing was well attended and the students had an exciting discussion and exchange of ideas,” said Jackson.

Rolando’s visit to B-CU was highlighted by a fortuitous meeting with President Dr. Edison O. Jackson as she walked across the campus meeting and greeting students at the university. Rolando promised to return to the Daytona area and make a special visit to Bethune-Cookman University.

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