Alfredo Guevara | Cuban arts leader, 87

Alfredo Guevara
Alfredo Guevara
Posted: April 21, 2013

Alfredo Guevara, 87, Cuban state media are reporting that prominent filmmaker, intellectual and cultural leader in Cuba, died Friday, April 19, of a heart attack, Cuban state TV reported.

Mr. Guevara was a close associate of Fidel and Raul Castro when they were young rebel leaders and was a strong supporter of the struggle to oust strongman Fulgencio Batista.

After the 1959 Cuban Revolution, he became a leading cultural official and defender of the arts for more than five decades.

He founded the Cuban Art and Cinematography Institute in 1959 and later the Festival of New Latin American Cinema, one of the oldest of its kind in the region.

In the 1970s, he was named a vice minister of government. - AP

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