I Am Cuba

Stranger says: Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, and financed by the Soviet Union, I Am Cuba is an epic that contains neither hard individuals nor personal experiences, but only subjects of a world-historical movement, a mass advancement, a triumphant (and bloody) march from a state of raw economic exploitation by multinational corporations and the American tourist industry to a new state of socialized production, education, transportation, and health. The subjects in the movie are wired to the spirit of the times. The melancholy prostitute, the severe soul singer, the serious student, the mountain peasant, the sugarcane farmer, his beautiful children, even his horse—from within each the whole idea of freedom is emerging. And the greatness of the revolution is matched by the greatness of the film's form. (CHARLES MUDEDE)

SIFF says: Astonishing, unprecedented cinematographic techniques tell the stories of four Cubans suffering under Batista's dictatorship and capitalist imperialism in this newly restored pro-revolutionary Soviet cult classic.

by Charles Mudede
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Mikhail Kalatozov
Sergio Corrieri, Luz María Collazo, Jean Bouise