Document Type



Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor's Name

Santiago Juan-Navarro

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Maria Gomez

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Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Andrea Fanta

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Committee Member

Fourth Advisor's Name

Astrid Arrarás

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Committee Member


Intermediality, Cuba, Cuban Documentary, Contemporary Cuba

Date of Defense



Cuban documentaries, which have experienced dramatic changes in the last two decades, are now more in tune with the most recent global trends in cinema. However, the scarce implementation within the documentary genre of other perspectives and modes of analysis, outside those that are purely cinematographic, has stalled investigations in the field, thus creating a disengagement with the structural and thematic renovation that has been taking place within the discourse of contemporary Cuban documentaries.

My dissertation “Intermedialidad en el documental cubano contemporáneo” examines a select sample of representative texts and Cuban documentaries, with a view to adapting and/or developing an effective theoretical framework for the study of the documentary genre within the Cuban context. It also incorporates parameters of study that can assimilate the historical social context, and the dialogue with other artistic and cultural disciplines within the documentary, while integrating the analysis of some contemporary Cuban documentary works in order to offer an explanation about the processes that take place in the different phases of documentary realization.

My research advances our understanding of the new dynamics operating within the realm of contemporary Cuban documentary realization from the perspective of intermedial studies. By examining the use of intermediality in Cuban documentaries, this dissertation brings into the spotlight not only the complex interactions of multiple media in the Cuban contemporary documentary scene, but also the way in which intermediality addresses fundamental issues related to culture and politics, by bringing into play the ideological tensions and problems generated by Cuba’s unique political regime. In addition, by exploring and describing the possibilities offered by the distinctive characteristics of intermediality in Cuban works, this study positions Cuban documentaries within broader academic dialogs on intermediality, while contributing to reconstruct the genre’s history on the island.





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