Alfredo Guevara, one of the most brilliant Cuban intellectuals and president of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, died in Havana today.
Guevara had an outstanding work during insurrectional stage of the 1959 Revolution, and in March that same year he founded the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), one of the most significant cultural actions at that time.
From its foundation up until 1980, Alfredo Guevara was head of the ICAIC. Under his direction, the organization was pivotal in the development of Cuban cinema which came to be identified with anti-imperialism and revolution.
The ICAIC not only involved the emergence of a thriving and innovative Cuban cinema, it also hosted the celebration of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, an event that gave warmth and strength to generations of filmmakers committed to the future of their people.
Author of several books that delve into the core of the responsibility of intellectuals with their realities- Guevara, born in Havana on December 31, 1925, received the 2003 National Film Award, among many other accolades.
Also he was granted the Order of Commander of the Legion of Honor, the highest honor given by the Government of France, and the Federico Fellini Gold Medal.
His work in the movie industry began in the 1950s, when he worked as an assistant for directors like Spanish Luis Buñuel and Mexican Manuel Barbachano.