Cuba 50 is supported by the
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.
Cuba50 logo thanks to Phill Pennington, image used in logo thanks to James Sparshatt www.capitalculture.eu
ICAIC, the Cuban Film Institute, founded 1959, quickly became an important critical space for exploring controversial social and political issues such as bureaucracy, sexism, racism, sexuality and religion.
Some of the most popular films in Cuba are by Tomás Gutierrez Alea, master of social critique as black comedy.
'Memories of Underdevelopment' (1968, Alea) and 'Lucía' (1968, Humberto Solás) are classics of the late '60s explosion of experimental films with a radically new approach, which also influenced Latin American filmmakers.
Perhaps the best known here was the groundbreaking 'Strawberry and Chocolate' (1994, Alea). Hugely popular in Cuba, it focused on the friendship between a dogmatic young communist and a catholic gay artist, exploring what it is to be revolutionary.
ICAIC also supports a thriving video and animation industry, while the Havana Latin American Film School and festival are beacons of excellence internationally.