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I Am Cuba (1964, PG)

Film screening

May/
Sun 14 May 2017

I Am Cuba (1964, PG)

Film screening

soycuba6
Sun 14 May 2017,

Soviet director Mikhail Kalatozov, born in Georgia and praised for The Cranes are Flying (1957), set out to create a Cuban film as powerful as Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, a rallying point for a nascent revolution. With a script by the Soviet Union’s internationally famed poet Yevgeni Yevtushenko and Cuban author Enrique Pineda Barnet, I Am Cuba’s four dramatic stories take place in the final days of the Batista regime; the first two illustrate the ills that led to the revolution, the third and fourth the call to arms which cut across social and economic lines.

I Am Cuba is a brilliant evocation of both the vibrant atmosphere of the island and of that extraordinary decade when Cubans moved out of the American sphere and began to carve out a new world of their own imagining.

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