Cinéphile Sundays – Fall 2015 - Cuba Si


CAMS' Cuba Si series celebrates - and perhaps interrogates - the restoration of ties between the United States and Cuba. Chronologically and politically, the series' examination of Cuba moves from a film that lauds the revolution, to others that openly question it, to more modern fare that seeks to move beyond the binary.

All films are shown in Collins Cinema. For our guests' convenience, two films will be presented in a second, weeknight screening.


Soy Cuba (I Am Cuba)

Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964

September 20 (Sun) | 5 PM

The famed Georgian director Kalatozov managed to survive Stalin's terro, and concluded his career with this jewel on Cuban (post) revolutionary identity. The film was rediscovered by filmmakers in the U.S. 30 years after its release, when Martin Scorcese began the successful campaign to restore it.

Memorias del subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelopment)

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, 1968

October 4 (Sun) | 5 PM

October 8 (Thu) | 5:30 PM

Arguably the most critically acclaimed and influential Cuban film of all time, Memorias del subdesarrollo depicts the alienation of the Cuban bourgeois struggling to adapt to the social change brought about by the Revolution.

Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry and Chocolate)

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio, 1993

October 18 (Sun) | 5 PM

Based on the short story "The Wolf, The Forest and the New Man" by Senel Paz, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, Fresa y chocolate tells the story of the developing relationship of two young men tho seem opposed in every way - including personality, sexuality, and political perspective.

La vida es silbar (Life Is to Whistle)

Fernando Perez, 1993

November 8 (Sun) | 3 PM

November 12 (Thu) | 5:30 PM

Situated somewhere between magical realism and absurdist comedy, the film's story follows three characters who must choose between clinging to their own self-restricting beliefs and living more freely.

Viva Cuba

Juan Carlos Cremata and Iraida Malberti Cabrera, 2005

December 6 (Sun) | 3 PM

The first Cuban film to be awarded the Grand Prix Écrans Juniors for children's cinema at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, Viva Cuba is a parable for present-day Cuba seen from the point of view of two children who reimagine the story of Romeo and Juliet in a political context. At once a road movie and a fairy tale, the film can be appreciated by both children and adults.