Documentary films

Ache moyuba orisha: sobre la santería cubana . Televisión Latina, International Media Resource Exchange, 199? VHS. Documentary on Cuban religion with African roots.

Adio kerida / Goodby dear love . Ruth Behar. Women Make Movies, 2002. VHS. Search for identity among Sephardic Jews with roots in Cuba.

Afro-Cuba: yesterday & today.  Facets Video, 2008.  DVD.  Two exciting, colorful films spotlight the African roots of Cuba's culture by focusing on two legendary artists.

Alejo Carpentier . Radiotelevisión Española, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2000. VHS. Interview with the author.

Balseros. Carlos Bosch, Josep M. Doménech. Televisió de Catalunya, TeleMadrid, 2002. DVD, VHS. Follows Cuban rafters before and after arriving in the U.S.

Bloqueo: la guerra contra Cuba / Blockade : the war against Cuba . Carolina Silvestre, Daniel Desaloms. SBP S.A. Worldwide, 2006. DVD. Cuban politicians and citizens talk about the blockade and its effects on life in Cuba.

Bloqueo: looking at the U.S. embargo against Cuba.  The Cinema Guild, 2004, 2006.  DVD.

Boxers + ballerinas.  Cinequest, 2004, 2008.  DVD. A look at four young people who share the same cultural heritage in Havana and Miami.

Buena Vista Social Club . William Wenders, Ry Cooder. Artisan Entertainment, 1999. DVD. Mid-twentieth century Cuban musicians re-discovered.

El camino de los Orishas . Sergio Giral. 2003, 2006. DVD. Looks at the origins of Santería and its practice in Cuba and the United States.

Che Guevara: a guerrilla to the end . Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999, 2003. DVD. Biography with archival photos and footage.

Che Guevara, donde nunca jamás se lo imaginan / Che Guevara, where you'd never imagine him.  Manuel Pérez.  ICAIC, First Run Features, 2004, 2007.  DVD.  Cuban director Manuel Pérez paints a personal portrait of Che Guevara.

Comandante . Oliver Stone. Optimum Home Entertainment, 2002, 2004. DVD. HBO documentary on Fidel Castro.

Comerciales de ayer . CubaCollectibles, 200? DVD. Compilation of television commercials from 1950s Cuban television.

Las cuatro estaciones de Eliseo Diego . Jorge Denti. Producciones TVAL, 1994. VHS. Documentary on the Cuban poet.

Cuba: a lifetime of passion.  Rive Gauche Entertainment, 2006.  DVD.  Highlights current Cuba, its revolutionary past, and its coming transition.

Cuba, caminos de revolución.  ICAIC, 2007.  DVD. A 7-part summary of the Cuban revolution and history.

Cuba : pictures from the revolution . Laura Abeyta, Peter Ochs, Roberto Salas. Discovery Channel, Hearisee Films , Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2003, 2004. DVD. Post-1959 Cuba, includes archival photos and footage.

Cuba plástica / It’s not easy, Cuba . Magoya Films, 2003. VHS. Interviews with Cuban artists.

Cuba: the children of Fidel . Carmen Sarmiento. Video Spot and Associates, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. Women of Latin America series, lives of women in Castro’s Cuba.

Cuba, une odyssée africaine.  Facets Video, 2007, 2008.  DVD.  Shows how Cuba became a key player in African wars.

Cuba 111 . Dirk Vandersypen, Jan van Bilsen. LAVA, 1995. VHS. Documentary tours an old apartment building in Havana and interviews the residents.

Cuba 15 . Elizabeth Schub. Sueño Azul Productions, 1997. VHS. Describes the Cuban quinceañera ceremony for young women.

The Cuban missile crisis: retrospective . Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 1983. VHS. Panel discusses the crisis.

Fidel Castro . Adriana Bosch, Patricia Alvarado Núñez. PBS Home Video, Paramount Home Entertainment, 2005. DVD.

Fidel Castro: big man, small island . BBC Worldwide Americas, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2001. VHS. Biography of Cuban leader.

For the first time . Octavio Cortazar. 1967. VHS. Cuban Film Institute mobile unit shows first movie in a village.

Free to fly: the U.S.-Cuba link . Estela Bravo. Sky Productions, Latin American Video Archives, 2004. VHS. Documents efforts to maintain the airline flights between Cuba and the U.S.

Great day in Havana . Laurie Ann Schag, Casey Stoll. Cinembargo Films, Facets Video, 2001, 2003. DVD. Celebration of artists and musicians in Havana.

The great fever . PBS Home Video, 2006. DVD. Discusses the role of yellow fever in the Spanish American War and the search for its cause based on the theories of a Cuban doctor, Carlos Finlay.

La Habana hoy: impresiones de una ciudad en 16 centos / Havana today: impressions of a city in 16 chapters . Cecilia Ricciarelli, Diego Malquori. LAVA, 2001. VHS. Daily life in Havana.

He who hits first, hits twice: the urgent cinema of Santiago Alvarez . ICAIC, Extreme Low Frequency, 2003. DVD. Newsreels appearing from 1965 through 1973.

El hombre de las dos Habanas.  Vivien Lesnik Weisman.  LatinoVision, 2008.  DVD.  The filmmaker explores her relationship with her father and the Cuba he left behind.

I am Cuba. Francis Ford Coppola & Martin Scorsese present a film by Mikhail Kalatozov. Siberian mammoth / a film by Vicente Farraz.  New Yorker Video, 2007.  DVD.

I am Cuba . Mikhail Kalatozov, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Enrique Pineda Barnet. Mosfilm, Milestone Film and Video, 1964, 1996, 1999. VHS, DVD. Documents the conditions that led to the Cuban revolution.

If you only understood.  Rolando Díaz.  Luna Llena Producciones S.L., First Run/Icarus Films, 1998.  DVD.   A well-known Cuban film director embarks upon the search for a black woman dancer and singer to play the central dramatic role in his next film project.

José Martí: un hombre sincero . Televisión Española S.A., Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1999. VHS. Film biography.

Krudas. San Francisco, CA: [Distributed by] Frameline, [2006?]. DVD. Explores the lives and work of a Cuban lesbian couple who are hip hop singers and performers.

Looking for a space: lesbians & gay men in Cuba / Buscando un espacio : los homosexuales en Cuba . Kelly Anderson . La Mulata Cache, Filmakers Library, Inc., 1993, 1994. VHS. Examines the treatment of gays and lesbians from 1959 to the present.

Luchando!: Cuba's struggle to survive. [Watertown, MA: Documentary Educational Resources], c1994. Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA: Alexander Street Press, 2010. (Ethnographic video online). Available via World Wide Web. Consists mostly of interviews with Cubans about their opinions on living in Cuba, its revolutionary process, the blockade by the United States against Cuba and famous Cubans of the past such as Jose Marti.

Magic Music presents un documental de Santiago Alvarez, Ismael Perdono: la isla de música . Santiago Alvarez, Ismael Perdomo. Latin American Video Archives, 1998. VHS. History of Cuban popular music.

Mauvaise conduite / Improper conduct.  Films du Losange, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1983, 2006.  DVD.  Tells the story of 28 Cuban exiles from all walks of life.

Malecón . Dirk Vandersypen, Jan van Bilsen. LAVA, 1995. VHS. Focuses on the struggles and economic hardships endured in current-day Cuba from the point of view of an informal sector taxi-driver.

Mariposas en el andamio / Butterflies on the scaffold . Margaret Gilpin. Kangaroo Productions, LAVA, 1995. VHS. Follows a group of working class drag queens in a Havana suburb.

Mas allá del mar: una historia del exodo de Mariel / Beyond the sea : a history of the Mariel Boatlift . Lisandro Pérez-Rey. The Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, Gato Films, 2003. DVD.

Memorias cubanas. [Brazil]: Europa Filmes, 2007. 6 DVDs (PAL; Region 4). A unique collection of unreleased images, reportage, live and exclusive interviews, tracing the recent history of Cuba.

Momentos con Fidel.  Rebeca Chávez.  First Run Features, 2004, 2007.  DVD.  Cuban director Rebeca Chávez uses archival film and audio material to create a collage of important moments in Castro's political and personal life.

My Cuba / Cuba mia . Rhonda Mitrani. Gua Gua Film, LAVA, 2004. VHS. Experiences of Cuban-born U.S. Jews who return to Cuba.

Nobody listened . Jorge Ulla, Nestor Almendros. Direct Cinema Limited, the Cuban Human Rights Film Project, Facets Multimedia, 2004. DVD. The dark side of the Cuban revolution.

Nosotros, la música! / We are the music!  ICAIC, First Run Features, 2006.  DVD.  Features legendary Cuban musicians and captures the cinematic history of Cuban music and dance in the 1960's.

Oggun: an eternal presence . Center for Cuban Studies, 1991, 1993. VHS. Cuban folk music and dances.

Panorama.  Cayita.  ICAIC, Cinema Guild, 1975, 1980, 2006.  DVD.  The first film is a dance work first performed in 1973 and the second is a biographical portrait of Cayita Araujo.

Portrait of Castro's Cuba . TBS, 1991. VHS.

Quién diablos es Juliette? / Who the hell is Juliette? Carlos Marcovich. Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, 1997, 2000. DVD. “Mockumentary” on young Cuban prostitute.

Roots of rhythm . Les Blank. PBS, New Video Group, 1989, 2001. DVD. Programs include one on Spanish and African origins of Latin American music and another on Cuban popular music.

Salud! Connie Field. MEDICC, 2006. DVD. Looks at Cuba’s health system.

Santiago de Cuba: luchando por la vida. [S.l.]: Films for the Humanities & Sciences, c2007. DVD. Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city of Cuba and it reverberates with an eclectic mix of music.

Se parece a la felicidad / It seems like happiness . Aaron Vega. Luz Brillante Producciones, LAVA, 1997. VHS. Depicts the body art of Cuban artist Manuel Mendive.

Selected filmworks: 1972-82 . Ana Mendieta. 1990. VHS. Early experimental films by the Cuban artist.

Suite Habana / Havana suite . ICAIC, Cameo Media, 2004. DVD. Day in the lives of ten Havana residents.

Sworn to the drum: a tribute to Francisco Aguabella . Les Blank. Flower Films, 1995. VHS. Biography of Afro-Cuban drummer.

Tres cortos estremecedores.  Kimbara Cine Cubano, 2006.  DVD.  Three documentary films showing an underworld in Cuba where prostitutes, pimps, and trash-pickers resurrect a world that was once considered to be eradicated.

Urban design and planning in Havana, Cuba: an historical perspective . Virginia Tech, 2001. VHS. Examines Havana’s urban design through three periods.

El viaje más largo / The longest journey . Rigoberto López. ICAIC, LAVA, 1993. VHS. History of Chinese immigration to Cuba.

Viva la república . ICAIC, 198? VHS. History of Cuba before 1959.

Voices of the Orishas . Alvaro Perez Betancourt. University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, 1993. VHS. Examines the Orisha religion in Cuba through its music, dance, and interviews.

Waiting for Fidel . Tom Daly, Erich Honecker, Michael Rubbo. National Film Board of Canada, Facets Video, 1974, 2004. DVD. Three individuals seek to meet Fidel Castro and create a dialogue.

Zoé Valdés: poeta por sobre todas las cosas . Eliseo Alvarez. Tranquilo Producciones, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2004. DVD. Interview with the Cuban author.

Feature Films

Adorables mentiras . Gerardo Chijona. ICAIC, Center for Cuban Studies, 198? VHS.

Alicia en el Pueblo de Maravillas.  Daniel Díaz Torres.  ICAIC, First Run Features, 1990, 2008.  DVD.

Amor vertical . Arturo Sotto. ICAIC, Pandora Cinema, 1997, 1998. DVD.

Aunque estés lejos. Juan Carlos Tabío. ICAIC, 2003. DVD.

Azucar amarga / Bitter sugar . León Ichaso. 1996, 2001. DVD.

Barrio Cuba.  Humberto Solas.  ICAIC, Laguna Productions, 2005, 2007.  DVD. 

Before night falls . Julian Schnabel, Reinaldo Arenas. New Line Home Entertainment, 2000, 2001. DVD.

La Bella del Alhambra . Enrique Pineda Barnet. Marakka 200, Inc., 1989. VHS.

Cartas del parque / Letters from the park . Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Gabriel García Márquez. Televisión Española, S.A., 1988. VHS.

Cecilia . Humberto Solás, Cirilo Villaverde. ICAIC, 1982, 2000. VHS.

Clandestinos.  Fernando Pérez.  ICAIC, First Run Features, 1987, 2008.  DVD.

Cosas que dejé en La Habana / Things I left in Havana. Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón. Facets, 1997, 2004. DVD.

The Cuban masterworks collection / Obras maestras del cine cubano . ICAIC, First Run Features, 2006. DVD.

El cuerno de la abundancia. [Cuba]: ICAIC, [2009]. DVD. Rumor spreads of a vast inheritance with a tall tale involving nuns, pirate treasure and the Bank of England.

Demasiado miedo a la vida, o, Plaff / Too afraid of life, or Splat! Juan Carlos Tabío. ICAIC, Center for Cuban Studies, 1988, 199-. VHS.

Las doce sillas . Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. ICAIC, 2000. DVD.

La edad de la peseta.  Pavel Giroud.  ICAIC, TLA Releasing, 2006, 2008.  DVD.

Elpidio Valdés contra dólar y cañón . Juan Padrón. ICAIC, 1999. VHS.

Entre ciclones.  Mayra Segura.  ICAIC, Vanguard Cinema, 2003, 2006.  DVD.

--al fin, el mar.  Jorge Dyszel.  2005.  DVD.

Fidel.  Artisan Home Entertainment, 2002.  DVD.      

Fresa y chocolate.  Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabio.  ICAIC, 1993, 2003.  DVD.

Fresa y chocolate / Strawberry and chocolate . Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío, Senel Paz. ICAIC , Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía , 1994, 1995. VHS, DVD.

Guaguasi.  Jorge Ulla.  Facets Video, 1979, 2005.  DVD.

Guantanamera . Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío. New Yorker Video, 1995, 2000. DVD.

Habana blues: vivir es elegir. Benito Zambrana. ICAIC, 2005. DVD.

Hasta cierto punto / Up to a certain point . Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío. ICAIC, New Yorker Films Video, 1983, 1995. VHS.

Havanna mi amor. [Berlin, Germany]: Flying Moon Filmproduktion, [2009]. DVD. Jose repairs old television sets, a skill that has him in high demand as much of the population of Havana is swept up into the never-ending plot lines of a new telenovela.

Hello, Hemingway.  Fernando Pérez.  ICAIC, First Run Features, 1990, 2008.  DVD.

Jose Marti: el ojo del canario. [Cuba]: Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematografica; [Athabasca, AB]: Global Films [distributor], 2011. DVD. Based on the childhood and adolescence of Cuba's nineteenth century national hero Jose Marti.

The last supper / La última cena . Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. ICAIC, New Yorker Films Video, 1976, 1990. VHS.

Lista de espera / Waiting list . Juan Carlos Tabío. Tabasco Films, Tornasol Films, ICAIC, Producciones Amaranta, Road Movies Film Production, Wellspring Media, 2000, 2004. DVD.

Lucia . Humberto Solas.  ICAIC, Zafra Video, 1968, 2005.  DVD.

Maluala.  Sergio Giral.  ICAIC, First Run Features, 1979, 2008.  DVD.

Maluala . Sergio Giral. ICAIC, Giral Media Production, 1979, 200-. DVD.

Mambí . Ambrosio Fornet. Video ICAIC, 1998, 2000. VHS.

María Antonia . Sergio Giral. ICAIC, Giral Media Production, 1990, 200-. DVD.

El mégano . Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. 1954, 199? VHS.

Memorias del subdesarrollo / Memories of underdevelopment . Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.  ICAIC, Zafra Video, 1968, 2005.  DVD.

Miel para Oshún . Humberto Solás. ICAIC, El Paso Producciones, 2003. DVD.

The motorcycle diaries / Diarios de motocicleta . José Rivera, Walter Salles. Focus Films , Universal, 2004, 2005. DVD.

La muerte de un burócrata / The death of a bureaucrat . Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.  ICAIC , Zafra Video, 1966, 2005.  DVD.

Mujer transparente . Humberto Solás. ICAIC, 198? VHS.

Nada +. [New York]: Global Film Initiative/First Run Features, [2005]. DVD. In Havana, a post office branch is more than a place of bureaucratic rules and regulations to ensure effective public services. This is where Carla Perez works.

Nada + h / Nothing . Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti . ICAIC, 2002. VHS.

El otro Francisco / The other Francisco . Sergio Giral, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Anselmo Suárez y Romero. ICAIC, Marakka, 1974, 2000. DVD.

Un paraíso bajo las estrellas.  Gerardo Chijona.  Cinemateca, Facets Video, 1999, 2005.  DVD.

Plácido . Sergio Giral. ICAIC, Giral Media Production, 1986, 200-. DVD.

Rancheador . Sergio Giral, Cirilo Villaverde. ICAIC, Giral Films, 199-. DVD.

Retrato de Teresa / Portrait of Teresa . Ambrosio Fornet, Pastor Vega. ICAIC, New Yorker Video 1979, 1980. VHS.

Scarface . Brian De Palma, Oliver Stone. Universal Studios, 1983, 2003. DVD.

Se permuta . Juan Carlos Tabío. ICAIC, 1984, 1999. DVD.

Siecle des lumieres . Humberto Solás, Alejo Carpentier. ICAIC, 1999. VHS.

Siete días siete noches  / Seven days seven nights.  Joel Cano.  Maverick Latino, 2003, 2005.  DVD.

Vampiros en la Habana / Vampires in Havana . Juan Padrón. ICAIC, TV Española, Durniok Producciones , Vanguard Cinema, 1987, 2002. DVD.

La vida es silbar . ICAIC, New Yorker Video, 1998, 2002. DVD.