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I Am Cuba

Soy Cuba

Four separate stories, bound together by a female narrator, the voice of Cuba.

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Cuba 1964
Dir Mikhail Kalatozov
With Sergio Corrieri, Salvador Wood, José Gallardo
140min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Mikhail Kalatozov’s epic about the Cuban Revolution is breathtaking both for its scope and the audacity of its cinematic experiments, including the legendary floating tracking shot at the cigar factory. Four separate stories, bound together by a female narrator, the voice of Cuba. A feast for an audience, and a bumper harvest of inspiration for a filmmaker.