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New Latin American Cinema Foundation (fnCl)

The New Latin American Cinema Foundation (Fundación del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano: fnCl), based in Havana, Cuba, is a non-profit private sector cultural entity, created with the purpose of contributing to the development of Latin American cinema. Founded by the Committee of Latin American Filmmakers (Comité de Cineastas de América Latina: C-CAL) on 4 December 1985, it is made up of filmmakers from 18 countries and was chaired by the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez (, who is considered one of the most important figures of 20th century literature. Its objectives include the achievement of a shared vision for audiovisual production, and the development of increased activity in relation to education, stimulation, production, distribution, exhibition and promotion of Latin American cinema. Its work is structured around three strategic priorities: development and integration of cinema in Latin America and the Caribbean; audiovisual cultural heritage: 'recordings of diversity'; and film and video production as a cultural industry.

UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean has maintained close cooperation with fnCl over a long period. Since 2004 they have taken part in a joint project "Cameras of Diversity", a regional initiative which promotes community-based audiovisual works, featuring local content, in Latin America and the Caribbean. That project is one of the strategic tools for the promotion and implementation of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005), as well as for the promotion of linguistic diversity.

"Cameras of Diversity" serves as the inspiration and basis for the research that fnCl is currently conducting: "Study of community film and video experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean: Possibilities for Development". This initiative was approved and financed by the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity, and is being conducted with the technical assistance of the UNESCO Havana Office.

The central objective of this Study is to conduct regional research which enables understanding and reflection in relation to community film and video made by local people in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this way, the Study seeks to create useful mechanisms to be used by decision-makers, filmmakers, researchers, and public entities in general, for the formulation of policies and strategies to benefit the process of integration between the public sector and civil society, together with the consequential impact on the promotion of cultural diversity and the preservation of identities in the region.

The genesis of the Study goes back to the rise of the Observatorio del Cine y el Audiovisual Latinoamericano (OCAL/fnCl) in 1985, a period that marked the beginning of a sustained period of research, one of the fruits of which was the recently-released book Producción y mercados del cine latinoamericano en la primera década del siglo XXI ('Production and markets of Latin American cinema in the first decade of the 21st century'), which was another fore-runner of the Study.

The project commenced with a conference entitled "Community film and video in Latin America and the Caribbean", which took place within the facilities of the Foundation from 18 to 21 July 2011, and featured a team of international experts responsible for carrying out research. During that event the strategies were established, the objectives were defined, the countries for the Study were selected and the expected results were discussed.
At the end of the year's work, a meeting was held at the Foundation's office, on 29 May 2012, with the aim of presenting the conclusions resulting from the research to UNESCO and to the different cultural institutions of Cuba. The research had been carried out by 6 experts who made up the working team in the various Latin American and Caribbean countries that were selected. Some of the main events that took place within the framework of the project were the unveiling of the most significant experiences in the production and distribution of audiovisual products on behalf of community groups, in particular indigenous peoples, people of African descent and popular associations; the analysis and processing of all the information that was gathered; the adoption of agreements and exchange of specialist information with associated institutions; the identification of the strengths and weaknesses of the sector, such as a series of suggestions to foster its development; and the public dissemination of the information on the internet via OCAL/fnCl and in other ways. Thanks to the additional support from Mexico’s National Commission for UNESCO, the Study grew from 13 to 17 regional and sub-regional chapters and, in general terms, exceeded initial expectations. This project is an example of an activity that successfully contributed to the recovery and strengthening of cultural identity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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