Cuba Through a Lens That's Black, by Trevon Facey
El Callejón de Hamel
A Cuban Legend: The Story of Artist Salvador Gonzalez
Produced and directed by Bette Wanderman.
A journey into the realm of Afro-Cuban culture, this film explores the world of the celebrated Cuban muralist Salvador Gonzalez, a charismatic visionary who has single-handedly transformed an Alley in central Havana called Callejon De Hamel ( Hamel’s Alley ) into a world-renowned outdoor art and performance space. Salvador's murals cover walls , doorways and windows reaching up 6 stories, and his sculptures hang and stand everywhere for two full blocks. The Alley is a monument to the Yoruba culture as well as a community performance space. Though his murals have brought him international recognition, Salvador's art is not limited to painting and sculpture. On Sundays, he presides over drummers and dancers who come to listen to and dance rumba as the drums pulsate with African rhythms. Part community activist, part shaman, and indisputable lord of the barrio he is inspired by the ancient religious traditions of West Africa which he uses to create performance pieces featuring dancers he has painted , transforming them into living embodiments of the African deities known as Orishas. These unforgettable tableaux reveal an artistic sensibility that is dynamic and modern, yet recalls the ancient origins of human culture.
Día de Orula: 4 de octubre
Orula is the Orisha of divination and wisdom in the Pantheon of Yoruba religion. The witness of God (Olodumare) is when this, idea and built the universe. Orula known hence the fate of all things and beings, as they originated as they are, and as completed. Receiving or in consultation with Orula, people can know their destination, both in the physical world, as the spiritual, know what are the difficulties that threaten him, and how to get rid of them through sacrifices, among other things.
Names of Orula: Orunmila, Ifa, Orunla, Orunmila, Eleri ikpin Ode.