Posted on 11 Oct 2016 in sca eventFilm Screening

Simone Rapisarda’s The Strawberry Tree


19 October 2016, 7:30pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Simone Rapisarda’s The Strawberry Tree

Please join us for a free screening of SCA Assistant Professor Simone Rapisarda's El árbol de las fresas (The Strawberry Tree).

Filmed in the remote hamlet of Juan Antonio, Cuba, only weeks before it was wiped out by a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas (The Strawberry Tree) challenges the boundaries between anthropology, documentary and reverie in capturing the final sigh of one of Cuba's last fishing villages. The villagers’ ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, render a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time.

Presented by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU.



Simone Rapisarda is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. His feature-length films, challenging the traditional borders between creative and critical practice, have garnered accolades at festivals such as Locarno, Amsterdam, Vienna, Rotterdam, Ann Arbor, Montreal, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and are part of the permanent collections of museums and galleries such as the MoMA in New York and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. His works have been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Film Comment, Cinema Scope, IndieWire, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Filmmaker Magazine and The New York Times. He has been the recipient of the Most Promising Filmmaker award at Ann Arbor in 2012 for The Strawberry Tree and of the Best Emerging Director award at Locarno in 2014 for The Creation of Meaning.

2011 M.F.A., Film and Video, York University, Toronto, Canada
2005 B.F.A. (with distinction), Film Production, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
1999 B.Sc. and M.Sc., Computer Science, University of Pisa, Italy