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Vecinos

This documentary examines the real and potential problems that can develop among neighbors. It is a light, though not unserious, look at the difficulties of living together in an urban environment which reflects problems of human interaction that occur irrespective of a socialist or capitalist economic system. Presenta El Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematografica; un documental de Enrique Colina. In Spanish. 1985. 15 min.

Voices of the Orishas

This is an ethnographic documentary which demonstrates the survival and strength of the Yoruba cultural and religious heritage in the contemporary life of Caribbean African-Hispanics. The program was filmed in Havana among practicioners of Santeria, and documents a ritual ceremony that features dancing, singing, praying and drum beating, invoking the twenty-two Orishas, or deities of the Yoruba religion. 1993. 37 min.

Waiting for Fidel

Filmmaker Michael Rubbo travels to Cuba with Joseph Smallwood, former Premier of Newfoundland, and Jeff Sterling, Canadian communications magnate as they await a promised interview with Fidel Castro. The men wind up in a strange limbo, waiting days on end to meet with Castro. As they visit schools, housing developments, and the infamous Bay of Pigs, their discussions center around socialism and their experiences in Cuba. Director, Michael Rubbo. 1974. 58 min.

Who the Hell is Juliette? (Quien diablos es Juliette?)

Cinematographer Carlos Macovich met Juliet Ortega, a young prostitute in Havana when he was shooting the film "The story of Yuliet Ortega & Fabiola Quiroz," starring model Fabiola Quiroz. When he realized that the two women had not seen their respective fathers for many years, he made this documentary about the women as they searched together for their fathers and a better future, which is also a reflection on the process of filmmaking. 2000. 91 min.

[Alvarez, Santiago] Films by Santiago Alvarez

Santiago Alvarez (1919-1998) was a Cuban filmmaker who wrote and directed many documentaries about Cuban and American culture. Among his most famous works was the short Now (1964), about racial discrimination and featuring singer/actress Lena Horne. LBJ (1968) and 79 Primaveras (1969) examined figures of the Vietnam War. Contents: Now (1965, 5 min., in English) -- Hanoi Martes 13 = Hanoi, Tuesday 13th (1967, 38 min., in Spanish) -- Hasta La Victoria siempre (1967, 19 min., in Spanish) -- L.B.J.

[Landrian, Nicolas Guillen] Films by Nicolas Guillen Landrian

Nicolas Guillen Landrian was an experimental Cuban filmmaker and painter. He made a total of 13 documentaries, although they were heavily censored and prevented from being part of the Cuban Film Industry. In 1968, his documentary Coffea Arabiga featured the Beatles' song "Fool on the Hill" as Fidel Castro appeared on screen. That same year, Guillen was accused of plotting to assassinate Castro. The Cuban government interrogated him for six months in Villa Marista.

[Landrian, Nicolas Guillen] Films by Nicolas Guillen Landrian, Part 2.

Contents: Retornar a Baracoa (1966, 16 min.) -- Coffea Arabiga (1968, 18 min) -- Desde la Habana (1969, 18 min.) -- Taller de Linea y 18 (1971, 15 min.) -- Reportaje sobre el Puerto pesquero (1972, ca. 15 min.) -- Nosotros en el Cuyaguateje (1972, 10 min.) -- Para construer una casa (1972, 17 min.)

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