HAVANA, Cuba, March 25 (acn) Alfredo Guevara, a founder of the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), received on Tuesday night the 'Jose Marti' Order, the highest distinction granted by the Cuban State, for his extraordinary merits and contribution to Cuban culture.
Guevara received the decoration from the hands of Cuban President Raul Castro during a gala held at the Karl Marx Theater to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ICAIC.
The Cuban leader also granted ICAIC a special recognition for its contribution to the work of the Revolution, the preservation of the historic memory of the nation and its work in support of Latin American integration.
Special diplomas were also granted to a group of ICAIC founders such as filmmakers Julio Garcia Espinosa, Jose Massip and Enrique Pineda Barnet; producer Camilo Vives; editor and documentary maker Gloria Arguelles; and scenography technician Teodoro Castillo.
Present in the gala was Culture Minister Abel Prieto who recalled that one of the first decisions of the triumphant Cuban Revolution in 1959 was the creation of ICAIC.
The gala included the premiere of the Cuban film 'Ciudad en rojo' (City in Red) by filmmaker Rebeca Chavez.
(Condecora Raúl a Alfredo Guevara con la Orden José Martí)