| 10/14/2020 – 4:50 pm (GMT-4)
Cuban filmmaker Diana Montero died this Wednesday in Miami at the age of 34, reported the San Antonio de los Baños International School of Film and Television (EICTV), where the young documentary filmmaker studied from 2011 to 2014.
“The Eictvian community today fires one of our filmmakers with pain,” the institution announced. The cause of his death was not specified, although the statement mentions that he fought “against a regrettable disease.”
“She left a filmography that pointed to an interest in the reality of rural areas and, particularly, of women, being very close to her origins and her family. She was, without a doubt, a strong voice for the future of Cuban and Latin American cinema “says the statement.
“She was a director who had imposed a style to investigate areas of Cuban reality that are alien to the official gaze,” critic Alejandro Ríos told CiberCuba, who dedicated two programs to his documentaries on the television space La Pantalla Indicreta. “She was full of creativity, always with an idea around her head, industrious, charming and respectful of her colleagues.”
Ríos recalled that Montero had among his plans a documentary about the award-winning Cuban painter José Bedia, who lives in Miami.
The EICTV statement affirms that Montero “was an excellent student of this institution and will always be remembered by the community, as well as her cinema, which is already part of the history of this utopia.”
“Our condolences to his relatives, friends and colleagues of generation and profession. May the earth be light for you, dear Diana,” he adds.
With a degree in Art History, Montero is the author of the short documentary Abecé, for which she received a special mention from the jury at the ICAIC Youth Show and the award for Best Short Film at the Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival. The film recounts the early pregnancy of a 12-year-old girl in a remote municipality of the Sierra Maestra.
“It is an extraordinary documentary about the girl Leoneidi Acosta, harassed by machismo, ignorance and social indolence,” said Ríos.
Likewise, his debut feature, Nico, was the winner of the Grand Prize of the 7th Edition of Nuevas Miradas in 2013. Montero also finished Milagrosa (2014), an impressive testimony of a Cuban healer.
In a 2014 interview for the IPS Cuba agency, Montero spoke about his filmography and his passions: “I like contact with people, field work and reflecting that type of work in the media, and that was, for me, in photography or audiovisuals. What I did then was to integrate all the tools that I had learned, both in still photography and in Art History, and I used the documentary as the most suitable medium, because it mixes everything: image, research of field, and in the end I can give my point of view. “
He has resided in the United States since 2016. She studied at Miami Dade College and served as a franchise manager for the Juan Valdés cafeteria.
The news of his death constitutes a great blow to the community of Cuban filmmakers. The young Raúl Prado, also a photography graduate from EICTV, said about the unfortunate loss: “Ayyy Diani … a lot of light for your path.”