Cuban documentary screened on campus

Sidney Holmes

William Sabourin O’Reilly sheds a light on how people view race and color in Cuba through his film titled “Código Color, Memorias.”

O’Reilly showed the film on Wednesday, April 6 in Multimedia Room 2 of the library. This is the first time that the Cuban film has been shown in the United States.

“We wanted to talk about race, but also about life and color. We wanted to laugh at the irony of racism,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly said that everyone in Cuba is mixed. No one is completely white, and O’Reilly uses his film to point out how ridiculous it is to discriminate in Cuba.

Ever since the Cuban Revolution, O’Reilly said that racism is a taboo topic in Cuba that people don’t talk about openly.

“If you talk about racism, then you are an enemy of the revolution,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly said that he created this film so that he could take the new and old ideas of different generations and force people to talk about race openly.

“The film creates the ground and provokes the conversation about the present,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly said that he didn’t make this film just for the people in Cuba. He also made the film to tell an untold story to the world.

“I chose Cuba because it is my country, and there is a story there that is not being told. The controversy of race is something that is good to illuminate,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly said that this is not the end of this film topic. He plans on making a sequel with a twist.

“I want to do a second part of the Código Color, but in different countries. Maybe one in America or Australia. I am done in Cuba,” O’Reilly said.

Although he is done talking about racism in Cuba, he wants this film to act as a stepping stone for young filmmakers.

“I want filmmakers in Cuba to continue the conversation,” O’Reilly said.

O’Reilly said that the film will be shown at film festivals around the country and will be released to the public in the by the end of this year.