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This Video/Dusses how the relationship between the United States and Cuba has affected Cuban families separated by the political conflict. It includes interviews of children from Cuban families and senior citizens. c1992. 52 min.

Mirror Dance (La danza del espejo)

Tells the story of Margarita and Ramona de Saa. Born identical twins, the sisters grew up to become acclaimed ballerinas with the National Ballet of Cuba. Once inserparable, their relationship deteriorated as one sister left for America while the other embraced the Cuban Revolution. Mirror Dance is the story of two women forever linked by birth and dance but struggling to overcome a deep rift between sisters and nations alike. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Directed by Frances McElroy & Maria Teresa Rodriguez. 2005. 54 min.

Moments with Fidel (Momentos con Fidel)

Cuban director Rebeca Chavez uses archival film and audio material to create a collage of important moments in Castro's political and personal life, including his re-definition of Cuba's role after the collapse of the Communist Bloc. Director, Rebeca Chavez. Bonus films: My brother Fidel / director, Santiago Alverez (1977, 17 min.) -- The first delegate / director, Santiago Alverez (1975, 26 min.) -- Condemn me, it does not matter / director, Miguel Torres, 1982, 15 min.) 55 min.

Muerte al Invaso: Reportaje Especial sobre la Agresion Imperialista al Pueblo de Cuba

A Cuban news report on the Bay of Pigs invasion by CIA trained mercenaries. It presents footage of the aftermath of the attack including fallen planes, ammunition shells and captured soldiers, documenting the extent of U.S. involvement. It also includes footage of Fidel Castro surveying the results of Cuba's victory. In Spanish. 1961. 15 min.

Nganga Kiyangala: Congo Religion in Cuba

An examination of the history and practices of Nganga, the Bantu based belief system of the slaves brought to Cuba from the Congo region of Africa. Nganga is one of the sects in Cuba which are more than Christian in belief, rituals, music and dance. Some of the differences between the Lucumi (Yoruba/Santeria) and Abakua beliefs are also discussed. In Spanish with English subtitles. 1991. 34 min.

Nobody Listened (Nadie escuchaba)

The brutal methods employed by Castro's government to maintain a stronghold on the Cuban population are chronicled in this revelatory documentary. Hear testimony from former Castro comrades, Communist leaders and supporters of fallen dictator Batista. Includes a special update on the Cuban situation. Produced, written and directed by Jorge Ulla and Nestor Almendros. 1989. 117 min.

Paraiso

A documentary following the members of the band Madera Limpia as they explore their hopes and lives. Presents a genuine feel for the life in Cuba: the heat, the music, the sea, the sexiness, living in a country short of basic supplies. Directed by Alina Teodorescu. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. c2004. 92 min.

Que Pasa, U.S.A?

A program from a bilingual comedy series developed by WPBT-TV to chronicle the adventures of a Cuban-American family in our fast-paced society. The conflicts between two cultures and how this family solves its problems of culture shock provide a serious view into adjustments required of Cuban-American immigrant families. English and Spanish. 1976. 28 min.

Shadow of the House: Photographer Abelardo Morell

Filmed over seven years, an intimate portrait of photographer Abelardo Morell, revealing the mystery and method of his artistic process. The narrative skips across time and space from his early childhood escape from Castro's regime to his status as a world-renowned photographer. The film explores his daily working life as an artist and his eventual return to Cuba after 40 years of living in exile. Directed by Allie Humenuk. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2007. 74 min.

Si me comprendieras

A well-known Cuban film director embarks upon the search for a black woman dancer and singer to play the central dramatic role in his next film project- a musical comedy. Rather than opting for an experienced actress, he feels he needs the freshness and spontaneity of inexperience- someone young with an urge for success. He sets about searching the Cuban Film Institute's (ICAIC's) extras files and, with the enthusiastic support of friends and the aid of a small video camera, he scours the streets of Havana in search of his actress. A film by Rolando Diaz.

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