|Cuban Pianists: The History of Latin Jazz
|El Juego de Arcibel
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Argentine director Alberto Lecchi's fictional account of revolution in Latin America explores the role that humor can play in the lives of those struggling under right-wing dictators. Arcibel Alegria (Dario Grandinetti) is a newspaper columnist in the fictional country of Miranda. After writing an article that is interpreted as an attack on the government, Arcibel is imprisoned for several decades. In jail, he befriends several people, but one by one they die or are set free. Now sharing a cell with a young man named Pablo (Diego Torres), Arcibel turns his attention to making the young man a star revolutionary. When Pablo escapes the prison, a revolution is born of the plan in Arcibel's mind.
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English: Violeta is a Cuban prostitute who tells her tempestuous life story to a young male journalist. Her first lover was a revolutionary killed by government soldiers. She fled to New York, where she had an affair with a famous American actor. After he gets her pregnant and dumps her, she sells her story to the tabloids in revenge. The revenge escalates - he has his friends rape her, and she slashes his face, putting an end to his career. Back in Cuba, the older Violeta relies on foreign customers to make ends meet.
Spanish: Violeta, una bella prostituta cubana, decide relatarle su tormentosa vida a un joven reportero. Su primer amor, un joven revolucionario, fue asesinado por el gobierno y ella decide dejar la isla y escapar a Nueba York donde conoce a un famoso actor y se convierte en su amante. Cuando Violeta queda en estado su amante la abandona y empieza una guerra sin cuartada que termina destruyendo a los dos protagonistas. Violeta es una historia de amor y odio como ninguna!
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In her most comprehensive documentary to date, lesbian filmmaking icon Barbara Hammer offers radical sexual politics in a surprise package of humor as she re-traces lesbian history to create an irreverent, compelling and empowering film. Hammer presents an extraordinary array of archival footage -- from popular films to newsreels, sex ed films, stag reels, medical and educational films, antique erotica -- and then playfully manipulates it to openly place lesbians everywhere throughout history.
History Lessons explores lesbian images from the beginning of film until 1969 (The Stonewall uprising). Focusing on these pre-liberation images, the film exposes not only popular lesbian representations and mis-representations in popular culture and entertainment but also the negative images used in the medical, scientific and legal establishments.
In her familiar experimental style, replete with ironic humor, Hammer recontexualizes lesbian images that portrayed lesbian behavior as "illicit" and lesbians as mannish, neurotic, and cold outsiders. She juxtaposes and morphs dramatic vignettes, commercials, and archival footage from narrative, medical, educational and adult entertainment films.
Lesbians turn up in the most unexpected places (and a few expected ones) in History Lessons--as much a collage as it is a movie. Barbara Hammer takes newsreels, stills, health films, and even pornography and whirls them into a cheeky lesbians-are-everywhere cultural soufflé. The piece is not entirely successful; at times it gets tedious and a bit heavy-handed, and one needs to have a high tolerance for the dripping-things-onto-film-stock technique. Still, the spirit is one of subversive fun as Hammer intercuts straight-laced news reports from the '40s with lurid pulp novel covers to suggest that there might be more to these ladies than meets the eye. This film isn't for everyone, but for young women who are interested in a good laugh while they reclaim a bit of their cultural identity, History Lessons may be just the thing. --Ali Davis
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A Game that challenged history
|Candido Fabre: Make Poverty History
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One of Candido Fabre's greatest appearances outside Cuba, entertaining thousands of protestors at the opening of the G8 Make Poverty History summit in Edinburgh. See the master sonero doing what he does best--playing live--and enjoy an exclusive interview to find out what drives the Cuban maestro.
|Moments with Fidel
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Fidel Castro has ruled Cuba for over five decades, since revolutionary forces toppled the Batista regime in 1959. Officially elected by the Cuban people in 1976, Castro has nevertheless had to survive over 600 assassination attempts. Cuban director Rebeca Chávez uses archival film and audio material to create a collage of important moments in Castro's political and personal life, including his re-definition of Cuba's role after the collapse of the Communist Bloc.
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Considered one of Cuba's most controversial films ever, this award-winning classic from Humberto Solás takes place in 1830s Cuba. The son of a rich colonial family falls in love with a proud, beautiful but poor mulatto girl, but the young man's father wants to force him into marrying a woman from his own social standing.
Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes (1982), Cecilia is part of The Cuban Masterworks Collection. Beautifully restored, the five films in the Collection reveal a unique perspective of Cuba. Directed by legendary filmmakers, each is a worthy addition to the canon of great world cinema.
|Bamboleo/Manolito y Su Trabuco: Knock Out
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A story of survival and triumph of the human spirit - between hurricanes. It is the middle of a hurricane season in Havana, Cuba. After a hurricane, the need to find a new roof tangles Tomas into troublesome love relationships that threaten his job, his
- A story of survival and triumph of the human spirit - between hurricanes. It is the middle of a hurricane season in Havana, Cuba. After a hurricane, the need to find a new roof tangles Tomas into troublesome love relationships that threaten his job, his future and his will to change his life. Tomas is a good looking electric student wants to do the right thing, but it seems everywhere he turns, th