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The Absent House

Puerto Rico – 2014

Medium-Length Film Films Sustainable Practices and Attitudes


  • Wednesday, September 14 - 8:30am
    Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), Santo Domingo
  • Thursday, September 15 - 3:00pm
    FUNGLODE, Santo Domingo
  • Thursday, September 15 - 6:00pm
    Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), Santo Domingo
  • Friday, September 16 - 7:00pm
    Centro León, Santiago de los Caballeros

A Caribbean designer who has pioneered advances in green architecture for the past 30 years today is today fighting climate change with sustainable structures like a roofless house that’s entirely independent of electricity and water grids; a mini eco-caravan; a prefab sustainable home; a parachute-house; and a solar-electric car. When he began designing in the 70s, architect Fernando Abruña Charneco was dismissed as “crazy” for considering the impact on nature before starting a new construction, a practice that would come to be known as sustainable green architecture. The Absent House sends a dynamic and hopeful message: we can live sustainably and save the planet for future generations.

Director: Rubén Abruña

Country: Puerto Rico

Year: 2014

Duration: 55min

Language: Spanish

Subtitles: Spanish


The_Absent_House_Director_1Rubén Abruña

Rubén Abruña has worked in the film, TV, and radio industries for more than 25 years. He has written, produced, directed, and edited several documentaries, commercials, ads, and news and educational programs in New York, San Juan, Miami, and Zurich. Rubén is also a certified instructor of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Avid Media Composer, and Final Cut Pro X, the three most used editing programs in cinema and television production, and he has taught university-level courses in Puerto Rico and the mainland United States.

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