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Cuban Ministry of Culture, Cuban Embassy,
ComoNo, Music Fund for Cuba, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Unison, Unite,
Thompsons Solicitors, Cuban Tourist Board and business, community and
cultural organisations based in the UK and Cuba.
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For an Impossible Cinema: Cuban documentaries of the 1960-70s
1 August 2017 - 31 August 2017
"Give me two photographs, a moviola and some music and I'll make you a film" Santiago Alvarez
Under the aegis of new film institute the ICAIC, enthusiastic young filmmakers went out onto the streets to chronicle the spirit of the times with fresh eyes. At the core of this season is the boldest innovator, Santiago Alvarez, who was in charge of the weekly newsreel, which he soon transformed with his own experimental montage-driven style of agitation and special brand of political satire, usually directed against US imperialism. Also included are four documentaries by Sara Gómez, the first woman to bring an Afro-Cuban sensibility to the screen, plus films by foreign filmmakers including Joris Ivens, Agnès Varda and Chris Marker, attracted by Cuba's tropical socialism. This is not an excuse for nostalgia, but the rediscovery of a remarkable body of innovatory documentaries with attitude.
Season curated by filmmaker and Cuban cinema specialist Michael Chanan