To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, we will be screening two documentary films from our collection, placing particular emphasis on the complex relationship between aesthetic expression and collective politics. These primary documents give us a rare glimpse of the people and culture of Cuba at the peak of its revolutionary transformation.
Fidel Castro (1964, 27 min, 16mm) - A review of conditions in Cuba from the mid-1920's. Describes the pre-revolutionary activities of Castro, the revolution, the missile crisis, and Cuban relations with the United States.
Cuba: art and revolution (1971, 46 min, 16mm) - A documentary film about the effect of revolution on the cultural life of Cuba. Surveys film, ballet, and the theater. Includes interviews with prima ballerina Alicia Alonso and with leading Cuban writers on the role of the artist in Castro's revolution and the amount of freedom possible in a communist state.
Wednesday, 17 July, 2019
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