Islands / I Lands, NOW—Vista de Cuba
  • Wondering Cuba
  • Santiago Álvarez
  • Sara Gómez
  • Nicolás Guillén Landrián
  • Another Eye
  • Immigrants’ Island
  • Fernando Pérez
  • Following Suite Habana
  • Wondering Cuba

    El Mégano

    - CUBA / 1955 / Spanish / B&W / 35mm / 25 min

    Director, Editing: Julio García Espinosa
    Script: Julio García Espinosa, Alfredo Guevara, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, José Massip
    Photography: Jorge Haidú
    Music: Juan Blanco
    Sound: Luis Newhall
    Producer: Moisés Ades
    Production Company: Laboratorio Cinematográfico CMQ
    Source: National Film Center (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

    A semi-documentary denouncing the subhuman living conditions of carbon miners in Ciénaga de Zapata in the southern coast of Cuba, the film was banned by the Batista government. A collaboration of Julio García Espinosa and Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, the founders of ICAIC, the film is considered to be the most important work prior to the Cuban revolutionary cinema, and it was one of those which originated the New Latin American Cinema Movement.

    -For the First Time

    Por primera vez

    CUBA / 1967 / Spanish / B&W / 35mm / 10 min

    Director, Script: Octavio Cortázar
    Photography: José López
    Editing: Caíta Villalón
    Music: Raúl Gómez
    Producer: Manuel J. Mora
    Production Company: ICAIC
    Source: National Film Center (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

    - A documentary portraying the work of the mobile-cinema brigade that visits a small mountain village in Sierra Maestra. The villagers’ faces watching Chaplin on screen for the first time ever, full of wonder and joy, are impressive. This is the first film of the author after coming back from Prague, where he studied film direction after the revolution.