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Patria O Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death

For the past six years, first-time director Olatz López Garmendía and co-producer Miguel Sirgado have been documenting life in Havana away from the clichés of vintage American cars cruising the streets and European tourists cavorting in search of a walk on the wild side. Working in tandem with cinematographer Claudio Fuentes and editor Ismael de Diego, López Garmendía and Sirgado have compiled a dolorous but pictorially brilliant album of a proud city in ruins and its survivors clinging to life on a day-to-day basis. 

Coral Gables: Opens Nov. 11 at Gables Art Cinema.