A group of distinguished Cuban filmmakers is in town for a brief but groundbreaking American tour. The March 7-11 swing includes an International Women’s Day-themed screening and afterparty tonight at the Cinematheque and a free event on Monday at USC.

In attendance Friday at the Egyptian: Cuban Women Filmmakers Mediatheque head Marina Ochoa; actress Claudia Rojas; documentary maker Gloria Ralondo; filmmaker Milena Almira; and various local celebs. After the screening of short films, there will be a panel discussion featuring some of the Cuban visitors and Laura Bickford, a producer whose credits include Traffic and Che. Then it will be time to party with a musical performance by Candi Sosa y Sexteto and food from fave LA restaurant Versailles.

One of the more intriguing films on the program tonight is Marisol Trujillo’s Oracion. Made in 1984, the nine-minute short pays tribute to both Marilyn Monroe and Latin American youth.

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