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Kordavision: The Man Who Shot Che Guevara.

Chronicles the life of Cuban photographer Korda (born Alberto Diaz Gutierrez), who created the famous "Guerillero heroico" image of revolutionary Ernesto Guevara and was Castro's official photographer for ten years; includes interviews and archive footage. Written and directed by Hector Cruz Sandoval. 2005. 87 min.

La Fabri-K: The Cuban Hip-Hop Factory

This documentary follows the Cuban rap musicians of Doble-Filo and Obsesion, known collectively as "La Fabri-K" (The Factory) from their humble homes in Havana throughout their eye-opening concert tour of the United States. A film by Lisandro Perez-Rey. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 2004. 62 min.

La Noche de San Lazaro (The Night of San Lazaro)

A film examining the observance of the Night of San Lazaro as an example of the revival of religious freedom in Cuba. For some he is a healer saint, for others an African divinity. As thousands of pilgrims live a night of frenzy and immoderation, the filmmakers neither interpret nor analyze this religious event, but simply observe and present its visuals of fervor and devotion. 1997. 35 min.

La Promesa.

Examines devotion in Cuba to San Lazaro (Babalu-Aye) at Rincon, where pilgrims perform acts of mortification as a "promise" to the deity for favors desired. Rincon is the site of a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to God in the name of San Lazaro (Saint Lazarus of Bethany). Local identification of the name Lazarus (Lazaro) with the beggar character from a parable in the New Testament and the similarity between that character and the image of the Yoruban deity Babalu-Aye, have blended to create a local deity.

Last Days of the Revolution.

This documentary tells the story of the economic and political deterioration in Cuba. Shot primarily on location in Cuba, it allows the viewer to see firsthand the hardships of its people and looks closely at the effects of the U.S. embargo. Also detailed is the mass exodus from Cuba and the sudden shift in U.S. immigration policy. 1994. 60 min.

LBJ

A bitter satire by the Cuban filmmaker Santiago Alvarez of President Lyndon Baines Johnson presented through a montage of film clips and photographs and a cartoon of Johnson. The film is divided into three sections which correspond to Johnson's initials. L is for Martin Luther King, B is for Bobby Kennedy and J is for John F. Kennedy. Alvarez implicates Johnson in all three assassinations, portraying his presidency as the culmination of a history of socio-political corruption. It also includes footage of Fidel Castro surveying the results of Cuba's victory.

Libertad: The Dark Untold Story of Castro's Cuba

A dramatization "based on true stories and interviews with Cuban political refugees and rafters." After a failed attempt to flee Cuba, an artist is captured, tortured and imprisoned for years. When he is mysteriously released he makes a second attempt to flee with friends in a homemade raft but the group finds terror at sea and their search for freedom becomes a journey for survival. 2001. 110 min.

Looking for a Space: Lesbians & Gay Men in Cuba.

A documentary film examining the treatment of lesbians and gay men during the early years of the Cuban Revolution and perspectives of current residents of Cuba on questions of political ideology and sexual identity. Dialogue in Spanish with English subtitles. Producer/director, Kelly Anderson. 1993. 38 min. ;
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Luchando!: Cuba's Struggle to Survive.

Consists mostly of interviews with Cubans about their opinions on living in Cuba, its revolutionary process, and the effects of the blockade by the United States against Cuba. Many performing artist's are interviewed--a dissident theatre group in Havana, a more traditional African theatre group in Santiago, and also film star Jorge Perugorria. The central personality in the film is Abel Prieto, the president of UNEAC-the national artists' and writers union.

Memoirs of a Cuban family (Memoires d'une famille cubaine

Looks back at the memories and experiences of a Cuban family. The parents are enthusiastic revolutionaries supporting Casto, but as the children grow up they become disillusioned and so immigrate to the U.S. and France. Backdrop features excerpts from Castro's speeches and Cuban propaganda slogans. A film by Yan Vega. 2007. 16 min.

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