New Cuban Cinema: 55 Years of a Shared Dream

April 9, 2014 - 6:00 PM

This event features the screening of three films followed by a conversation between Luciano Castillo, Director of Cuban Film Archives, and Professor Jerry Carlson, Bildner Center Senior Fellow. This event is a collaborative effort by the Bildner Center and the Havana Film Festival and forms part of the Bildner Center’s Cuban Music and Arts Initiative. Films subtitled in English.

Film screened:

El Cowboy

Jesús de Armas|Cuba|1962|Animation|8min

A short animation that satirizes American Western films. Corto de animación que satiriza las películas norteamericanas del oeste.



Santiago Alvarez|Cuba|1965|Experimental|6min

One of Álvarez’s most famous works, Now! discusses racial discrimination in the USA and includes mixed news photographs and musical clips featuring singer/actress Lena Horne.


Historias de la Revolución

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Cuba | 1960 | Fiction | 81min

The first feature film after the Revolution was Gutiérrez Alea’s directorial debut, which reenacts three important episodes of the armed struggle. One of his least-known works, it depicts three stories about the fight against Batista’s dictatorship in 1950s Cuba: “El herido,” “Rebeldes,” and “La batalla de Santa Clara.”