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there's a deceptive simplicity to Simone Rapisarda Casanova's "The Strawberry Tree," which makes this highly considered p.o.v. especially refreshing

Jay Weissberg (Variety)

an impressive first feature

Sheri Linden (The Hollywood Reporter)

“extends, complicates, and enriches the definition of documentary”

Melissa Anderson (Artforum)

“a refined artistry; hard to capture in words”

Mark Peranson (Cinema Scope)

“simply stunning”

Ed Rampell (Variety)

“it reframes the usual filmmaker-film subject relationship”

Christine Davila (IndieWire)

“formally precise”

Stephen Connolly (Sight & Sound)

“incredibly moving”

Norman Wilner (Now Magazine)

“redefining the very category of the ethnographic film”

Michael Sicinski (Moving Image Source)

“beautifully composed”

Doug Cummings (Los Angeles Weekly)

“utterly tantric”

Ciara Lavelle (Miami New Times)

“a fascinating anthropological experiment of sorts”

Clayton Davis (Awards Circuit)

“slyly masterful”

Peter Goddard (The Toronto Star)

“an exquisite labour of love”

Rowena Santos Aquino (Cinema Journal)

“ontological and bizarre”

David Davidson (Toronto Film Review)

“a playful, formal, deeply respectful film, [...] stunningly beautiful”

DOXA Jury Statement

“there's not really any description that can do it justice”

Ben Platko (Cinema Sentries)

Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Cuba/Canada/Italy, 2011

71 min, Colour, Mono



Filmed in the remote hamlet of Juan Antonio, Cuba, only weeks before it was wiped out by a hurricane, El árbol de las fresas (The Strawberry Tree) challenges the boundaries between ethnography, documentary and reverie in capturing the final sigh of one of Cuba's last fishing villages. The villagers’ ingeniousness and resilience, as well as their playful and irreverent relationship with the filmmaker, render a sensitive portrait of a unique culture into a reflection on documentary filmmaking and on humanity on the edge of time.

Made with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Créé avec le soutien du Conseil de Recherches en Sciences Humaines du Canada