Architecture and Black Cinema Series: Suite Habana

In honor of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Black Cinema House presents a monthly series at the Stony Island Arts Bank that explores the many roles architecture plays across the African Diaspora. This month, we explore the theme “Everyday Design” with the Cuban film Suite Habana, followed by a conversation with Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at UChicago and scholar of Latin American cinema, documentary film, ethnographic film, race and representation, and melodrama.

“A poetic homage to the city of Havana, this breathtaking film portrays Cuba’s capital as no other art form has before. A loving and melancholic picture over a 24 hour period of life of this city, the film follows ten ordinary Habaneros as they go about their daily routine. There is no dialogue and no need for it either; music and natural sound accompany the multiplicity of images that weave a unique and intimate picture of a city full of contradictions and contrasts, a city of accomplished and frustrated dreams.” -Cinema Tropical


(Fernando Pérez, Cuba, 2003, Spanish with subtitles, 85 min)

Screening is free and open to the public, but space is limited – please RSVP. Architecture and Black Cinema is made possible by the Chicago Architecture Biennial.