Cuban filmmaker exhibits documentary about Korda in London

Cuban filmmaker exhibits documentary about Korda in London

Cuban filmmaker Roberto Chile exhibited his documentary ‘Sencillamente Korda’ (Simply Korda), dedicated to the author of the iconic photo of Commander Ernesto Che Guevara, which is considered the most reproduced image in history.
The film, screened to a full theater at Sand Films Studios in London on Saturday, was premiered in Cuba in 2010, but Chile told Prensa Latina that it never loses its validity, because it brings moviegoers closer to other facets in the life of great photographer Alberto Diaz Gutierrez, who was also known as Alberto Korda.

Chile pointed out that the documentary was going to be longer, but after Korda’s sudden death in May 2001, he decided to focus on an unpublished interview granted by Korda 10 years earlier, in which he narrates his beginning in the profession, and how he later became the photo chronicler of the Cuban Revolution.

After the film was screened, Chile addressed a large audience and said that like his colleague, he was also very close to the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, for 25 years, after became a cameraman for the Council of State.

About Korda, he said that 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 any payments for it, the famous photographer donated it to treat children with cancer.

Chile noted that the main reason for his trip to the United Kingdom was to open a joint photo exhibition with his Scottish colleague, Dougie Souness, at the Havana Glasgow Film Festival. The exhibition is dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Havana. (Taken from Prensa Latina)

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