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Cuba

Afrocubanismo!

A celebration and study of the influence of Afrocuban culture on contemporary North American music. The program traces the origins of Afro-cuban music from West Africa to Cuba and the subsequent development of this unique music and dance alongside religion. Interviews and performances by Munequitos de Matanzas and Chucho Valdes provide insight to the significance of Afro-Cuban music and dance forms from Rhumba to the sacred music of Santeria. 53 min.

Ana Mendieta.

Chronicles the life and work of Cuban artist Ana Mendieta. Includes an interview with the artist by Tony Martinez. Also includes interviews with he family, friends and colleagues. A videotape by Kate Horsfield, Nereyda Garcia-Ferraz, and Branda Miller. c1987. 52 min. web web sites: Description from Women Make Movies catalog

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon (Developing Stories).

Using poetry, interviews, music, and clips from television shows, this film highlights the effects of American television broadcasts on local cultures in the Caribbean. The film looks at Cuba's attempts to produce locally-oriented broadcasting, and the response to this from the United States by introducing the anti-Castro station TV Marti. 1992. 50 min.
web web sites:Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Balseros

A gripping look at the daring escapes of seven Cubans and their families on homemade rafts in 1994 and their depressing U.S. destinations. The film presents Cuba in a negative but wistful light, a light that seems all the brighter when the battered Cubans begin their new lives as Americans. The little these people had in Cuba is eventually pined over when they must begin anew with nothing in the United States. 2002. 120 min.

Black & White in Exile

An in-depth documentary chronicling 30 years of Caribbean exile in the United States, focusing on Cuban and Haitian immigration and its impact on the host communities. The four main groups probed are Cuban exiles, Haitian exiles, resident whites and African Americans. Issues of equity are explored in terms of the government treatment of each group, the economic opportunities available, the political empowerment achieved and the inter-racial/cross-cultural hostilities, cooperation and ultimately, coalitions that developed.

Buena Vista Social Club. (1999)

Director/writer, Wim Wenders. Featuring Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzales, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo. In 1996, a group of legendary Cuban musicians were brought together by Ry Cooder to record a compact disc. This film shows some of their songs being recorded in the studio, concert footage from Amsterdam and New York City, and some of the musicians talking about their lives in Cuba and how they got started in music. 105 min. Online Access through LFLFC .

Butterflies on the Scaffold (Mariposas en el andamio)

A film by Margaret Gilpin and Luis Felipe Bernaza. A documentary examining the issues gays and transvestites face in the context of evolving attitudes towards homosexuality in Cuba. It is a highly unusual look at how a group of working class drag queens in a Havana suburb have become an integral part of their neighborhood. 1995. 74 min.

Bye bye Havana

Cuba stands pummeled by an unworkable socialism and a voracious consumer appetite. "Patriotism or death" are simply no longer enough. Cubans want other choices, other points of view. This fast-paced stream of consciousness documentary presents a vibrant and intriguing portrayal of Cuban life with a unique flavor of irony. It juxtaposes modern commercialism -- adverts promising a better life through coffee, cars and cigarettes -- with the difficulties that the Cubans currently face. Features clips from anti-Communist American films of the 1950s interspersed with present day shots of Havana.

Cafe Con Leche

An introspective look at the lives of 17 young Cuban-Americans; the now adult children of the first wave of Cuban exiles that came to the United States. They comment on their experiences growing up bi-culturally; functionally American, spiritually Cuban, and on the challenges faced in the fusion of traditional old world values with modern American culture. 1997. 90 min.

Castro and the Cuban Revolution.

A detailed account of the Cuban Revolution. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1990. 17 min.

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