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Codigo Color, Memorias



CODIGO COLOR, MEMORIAS by William Sabourin O’Reilly. (COLOR CODE, MEMORIES) is a documentary that explores the complex theme of racial prejudice through the memories of the picturesque city of Santiago de Cuba.
The film approaches the theme from a new perspective and through an exquisite visual language. Using color as a narrative strategy, and combining it with eloquent archival images, CODIGO manages to transport us to a decisive period in Cuba history, the 1950s.
This half-hour documentary interweaves paradoxical, sometimes tearing dramatic stories, with simple physical theories and artistic concepts about the colorsaround us. As human beings, how do we perceive color and how does it affect us? How have interracial relations evolved during the formation of our society?
In these complex times, CODIGO COLOR offers a unique prism of our past, leading us to analyze the ways we observe, judge and appreciate our relationship tocolor, the color of skin.
Director Biography


Born in Havana in 1972, William Sabourin moved to New Orleans in 2001 to attend the College of Fine Arts of the University of New Orleans. In the last ten years William has  completed a series of works around the world and particularly in New Orleans.

During Katrina, William produced, directed, and edited his nationally recognized short film Old Orleans.  Much of his footage captured during the storm have been aired internationally to recount Katrina in documentaries on The History Channel, an Emmy awarded National Geographic special Witness Katrina, and Spike Lee’s When The Levees Broke, among others.

Sabourin has also worked as director of photography on programs for HBO, PBS and Telemundo. In 2007 he was awarded a scholarship by the city  Paris to work and live in Cité International des Arts. In 2009 he worked  in the documentary One Last Shot under the executive production of AcademyAward-winning actor Forest Whitaker. In 2010, he wrote and directed his first  feature documentary A Crooked Line.

In 2011 William won award for best short documentary at the New Orleans Festival Film with his film Chasing Dreams. In 2015 he wrote and directed Codigo Color, Memorias, a documentary on racial relations in his native Cuba.

Currently William in the post-production stages of  his feature

The Caterpillar and the Butterfly, a documentary that uses the legendary Carnival in Santiago de Cuba as a backdrop to explore the complexty of live in Cuba.

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