The 1960s were a golden age for Cuban cinema. BAMcinematek presents a program of some of the best films ever made on the island, including Memorias del subdesarollo and Yo Soy Cuba.
Yo Soy Cuba
This 1964 Soviet production was banned in both the USSR and Cuba, but remained a legend in film circles, until a re-release in the 1990s brought it to a general audience.
Memorias del subdesarollo (Memories of Underdevelopment)
Consistently ranked by critics and fans as the best movie ever made in Cuba, this first post-revolution Cuban film to gain international acclaim is a breathlessly inventive portrait of an alienated bourgeois intellectual coming to terms with life under Communism—as those around him flee and the missile crisis hovers tensely in the background. Cannily employing montage, still photos, and documentary footage, this stylistic tour-de-force espouses a surprisingly ambivalent attitude toward the changes wrought by the revolution.
Brooklyn: March 20 - 31. Full details on the BAM website.