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I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba) / Siberian Mammoth

Alternative title
Soy Cuba
Synopsis
A 2-disc set. Disc 1 : I AM CUBA, partially written by renowned poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, captures the island just before it made the transition to a post-revolutionary society. Moving from city to country and back again, the film examines the various problems caused by political oppression as well as by great discrepancies in wealth and power. Ostensibly this is Communist propaganda, celebrating the progress achieved by the Cuban Revolution and dramatizing four examples of injustice to the common man in pre-Revolutionary Cuba. The link that holds the film together is a spoken monologue beginning each sequence with the words ‘Soy Cuba’ ('I am Cuba’). It’s still pushing the boundaries of pure cinema, a stirring and unforgettable experience Beginning in Havana in the pre-Castro era, we see how foreigners contributed to the city’s prostitution and poverty; this sequence features dreamy, hallucinogenic camera work that creates a feeling of unease and dislocation. Then, in glorious images of palm trees and fertile land, the film looks at the sugar cane fields in the countryside, and the difficulties faced by peasants working the land. Finally, back in the city again, leftist students battle the police and a corrupt government - and pay a high price for their rebellion. An inexplicably neglected film for decades, this masterpiece is at last receiving the recognition it deserves. (140 minutes)

Disc 2: SIBERIAN MAMMOTH (Vicente Farraz, 2005, 90 minutes) is a documentary that unearths the truth behind why SOY CUBA was rejected by Cubans and Soviets alike upon its release and shelved for more than 30 years. Through a combination of breathtaking footage from the Cuban revolution, interviews with surviving Soviet and Cuban cast and crew members, this documentary provides insights into the ideology of the Cold War, the recent history of Cuba, and the the complete story behind the amazing film. The disc also includes a 26-minute interview with Martin Scorsese.
Language
Spanish (Spain - Modern)
Country
Cuba; Russian Federation
Year of release
2007
Year of production
1964
Subjects
Film studies; Politics & government; Spanish studies
Keywords
Cold War; communism; Cuba; propaganda films

Credits

Director
Mikhail Kalatozov; Vicente Farraz
Writer
Yevgeny Yevetushenko
Contributor
Martin Scorsese

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 0
Price
£8.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
230 minutes
Year
2014

Distributor

Name

Mr Bongo Films

Email
info@mrbongo.com
Web
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Phone
01273 600546
Fax
01273 600578
Address
2nd Floor
24 Old Steine
Brighton
BN1 1EL
 

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