Cuba film school opens in Belfast

BELFAST, Conn.

— Cuban film students are coming home from Belgrade for the first time in decades after the country launched a program to teach and film in the capital, Belgrade.

Cubans who had traveled to Belgrade to study abroad in the 1980s and 90s could now return for the summer, when they can return to their homes, the Belgrade Film Institute said in a statement.

The school, named “The Film School of Belgrade,” opened in June.

More than 50 students and 20 teachers, mostly women, from the Belgrad community returned to Belfort this year.

“We want to see how we can continue to do this with a different culture, a different way of life,” said Sofia Guevara, the institute’s director of programs.

There are currently more than 100 students in the program, with many of them studying the language of cinema, as well as the arts and literature.

Guevaya said students can now see the city from the perspective of their own countries, as they move from the capital to the countryside.

Teachers from the center and the neighboring country of the republics, Croatia, have also joined the Belfort program.

Students who are already studying abroad are able to continue to study in Belgrade and are also able to earn scholarships.