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Cuba in Transition – Cuba TransmutaLAFITA – Latin American Film Days

Two people are standing on a white sandy beach next to the sea. On the blue water a sailboat passes in the background.
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Cuba divides opinions like hardly any other Latin American country.

Cuba divides opinions like hardly any other Latin American country.

Like its far-flung children, the Caribbean island state drifts through time between noble social utopia and ideological bankruptcy. Both among the Cuban diaspora and at home, the progress of this paradoxical island are as consistently documented, commentated and scrutinised as its lack of dynamism is lambasted.

 

What constitutes Cubanía – that inimitable, complex Cuban identity? That’s the question the three films from an emerging generation of non-fiction filmmakers that LAFITA has put together in collaboration with director José Luis Aparicio try to answer – a Cuban kaleidoscope that traces social change and the more inconspicuous mutations of the country’s cultural DNA.

  • “Terranova” (CUB 2021, 50 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles, directed by Alejandro Pérez, and Alejandro Alonso)
  • “Los Puros” (CUB 2021, 18 minutes, Spanish/Russian with English subtitles, directed by Carla Valdés León)
  • “Sueños al pairo” (CUB 2021, 32 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles, directed by José Luis Aparicio and Fernando Fraguela)