The short film entiled ´Nuestro José Martí´ (Our José Martí. Literally) uses the virtual reality technology to come into light the National Hero of Cuba. The material shows the detailed history of José Martí from his home city to the impact he experienced in the United States, particularly in New York and Tampa where he also inspired his comrades living in exile.
The short film is narrated by the excellent oratory carried out by the Historian of Havana city, Eusebio Leal Spengler, who has dedicated his life to preserve the Cuban history and culture.
As for Eusebio Leal, this opening has been dedicated to watch a face through the time. A face that is present through the extraordinary power of ideas, life and the work which was applied to a highly fair cause.
He had a universal vision, and as has happened, he has spent 15 years in the center of the American nation and in the middle of all its power and contradictions which were part of that new world.
That presentation has to do with a request carried out by the local Historian office of Havana city in terms of moving an accurate sculpture about José Martí to Cuba. It is located in the heart of New York City and it is a well-accepted idea by many institutions and U.S. personalities.
Google has accepted this project and that is why, it has decided to carry out that documentary about the significance of that sculpture and the history of José Martí in the United States.
“It is a great pleasure to be here celebrating the first official event of our enterprise in Cuba, along with the local Havana´s Historian office. We do not usually work on the physical format; we do it on programming codes. Then once we got to know about this noble project, we wanted to digitalized all the sites of the José Marti´s heritage in New York City and show them so that everyone could see them.” Brett Perlmutter pointed out.
“We have also presented the Google platform entitled ´Artes Cubanas´ where all the world can get to see that film. The site also includes a series of literary files and hundred of drawings and paintings which were inspired in poems written by José Martí; besides, we are going to highlight the wider Cuban heritage by showing hundred of files and works of its artists such as Wilfredo Lam, René Portocarrero and Tomás Sánchez.” Brett Perlmutter said.
Lisa Gevelber, who is the vice-president of Marketing of Google section, explained some details about the carrying out of the virtual-reality video.
According to Mr. Brett Perlmutter, who is the chief of the strategy and Operations of Google in Cuba, it can be watched through a viewfinder made of cardboard, so the user is able to watch the video after placing his/her intelligent mobile phone inside that simple device.
The device, which was made by the designers of Google, works with an open code which allows that any person could personalize it at will.
The entire world may enjoy from that film through the Google´s website entitled Artes Cubanas on internet is available on g.co/artes cubanas. If you do not have access on internet, then you may watch that short film at the local San Fracisco de Asis Convent this upcoming Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (local time) and the entrance is free.
On January 28th when it is celebrated the 164 years of the birth of Local José Martí, it will be carry out this same presentation in New York City as a way to honor the American sculptor, Anna Vaughn Huntington, who made that statue to honor the Cuban National hero, José Martí.
By Isel Quintana Freyre