Tribute to the Cuban National Hero in India.

In commemoration of the 129th anniversary of the fall in combat of our National Hero José Martí, the Embassy of Cuba screened the film “El Ojo del Canario” (The Eye of the Canary) by Cuban filmmaker Fernando Pérez. The film is part of the Cuban film exhibition taking place at the Cervantes Institute until June 13.

The event was attended by the Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of Cuba, Abel Aballe Despaigne; the Director of Cervantes Oscar Pujol; the distinguished professor and researcher Vibha Maurya; the President of the Jury of the UNESCO International José Martí Prize, Ramit Singh; as well as members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Delhi, Indian Hispanists, students and professors.

In his welcoming remarks, the director of Cervantes Oscar Pujol expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to pay tribute to Martí at the Institute. He also highlighted the figure of the Cuban hero and his links with the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes through his works.

The professor of Hispanic American Studies, Vibha Maurya, highlighted in detail the immense work of José Martí and the validity of his thought. She also highlighted Martí's writings on India through the plastic work of the Russian painter Vasili Vereshchaguin.

Finally, Cuban diplomat Abel Aballe Despaigne, highlighted the validity of Martí's thought in the new generations of Cubans and the rest of the world in the struggle for the defense of their just causes. He also highlighted the roots of the principles of the Cuban Revolution in Martí's thought on unity, solidarity, anti-imperialism, internationalism and social justice. He also emphasized the reflection of that thought in our medical collaboration with the Global South, in the resistance of the Cuban people in the face of more than 60 years of blockade, in the invariable support to the cause of the people of Palestine.

Seven Cuban films comprise the Cuban cinema exhibition that will take place every Thursday at the Cervantes until June 13.

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