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In the wake of the Communist revolution of 1959, Cuba experienced a cinematic golden age. Aided by the state-sponsored Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC), filmmakers unleashed a stream of formally radical works that crossed New Wave-inspired stylistic experimentation with politically charged subject matter. These vital transmissions from a country in transition are revolutionary in every sense of the word.
This series is presented as part of the Cuban Culture Festival New York, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (AFLFC). Co-presented with the Havana Film Festival New York (HFFNY).
Three women rise up against oppression in this trailblazing feminist manifesto.
A bourgeois intellectual adjusts to life post-revolution in this stylistic tour-de-force.
Buñuel-style surrealism meets 1920s silent comedy in this uproarious absurdist satire.
Santiago Alvarez creates politically explosive cinematic collages from found footage.
This agitprop masterwork is a delirious dream vision of the Cuban revolution.
A man goes from altar boy to farmer to bullfighter to revolutionary in pre-Castro Cuba.
This gritty pseudo-documentary recreates an 1868 battle for Cuban independence.
A celebration of American Friends of the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba’s 15th anniversary.