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Cuba's Gibara International Film Festival returns after two-year hiatus

Tourists talk with a Cuban woman in the area of Old Havana, in Havana, capital of Cuba, Sept. 7, 2018. (Xinhua/Joaquin Hernandez)

"The film festival has come back to Gibara this year, adding new experiences to the partnership, cooperation and strong cultural exchange we have forged for more than two decades," he said.

HAVANA, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The 16th edition of the Gibara International Film Festival (FICG) is underway in Cuba's eastern province of Holguin after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Running through Aug. 6, the event showcases 45 films from over a dozen countries, according to organizers.

Sergio Benvenuto, director-general of the festival, told local media that the event aims to promote cinematic creativity during difficult times worldwide.

"The film festival has come back to Gibara this year, adding new experiences to the partnership, cooperation and strong cultural exchange we have forged for more than two decades," he said.

Along with film screenings, the festival offers concerts, art exhibits and discussion panels on the challenges facing the cinema around the world.

Held annually since 2003, FICG is considered the second most important film festival in Cuba after Havana's Festival of New Latin American Cinema. ■