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Guide to the Estela and Ernesto Bravo Film and Video Collection TAM.616
||Estela and Ernesto Bravo Film and Video Collection
||Estela Bravo (1933- ) is an American-born documentary filmmaker who has been creating
films on Cuba and Latin America with her husband Ernesto Bravo since the 1980s. Estela
and Ernesto Bravo moved to Cuba in the early 1960s, and as a result many of Estela’s
films focus on political and cultural relations between the United States and Cuba.
The collection contains over 1,300 video tapes and film reels recorded by Bravo throughout
her career. In addition to full-length features and video footage, the collection
contains a small amount of ephemera, correspondence, home movies, and documentation
related to the promotion and licensing of Bravo's films. Footage in this collection
consists of interviews with political leaders and celebrities; scenes of historical
events, marches, demonstrations, and performances; battle footage; clips from Cuba’s
State Council archives; speeches by Fidel Castro, Nelson Mandela, and others; and
background footage (b-roll) used in finished films. This footage is primarily recorded
on U-matic and Betacam video tapes, and produced on film reels, VHS, and DVD for screening
and distribution. This collection has been partially digitized, and only the digitized
footage is currently accessible to researchers.
||76 Linear Feet in 71 record cartons and 13 media boxes
||1365 videocassettes on Umatic and Betacam.
||56 film reels
||68.3 Gigabytes in 82 digital video files and on 16 DVDs
||Materials are in Spanish and English