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Screening of Doc about 'I Am Cuba'
(released 9/29/2005)

Miami Art Central will be screening "I am Cuba, The Siberian Mammoth" as part of Cinema Tropicale. Cinema Tropicale is a monthly series of Latin American movies. The documentary will screen on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at Miami Art Central at 7:30pm. MAC is located at 5960 SW 57 Avenue in Miami.


Directed by Vicente Ferraz, Brazil, 2004 / 35mm / 90 minutes /

In Portuguese, Spanish and Russian with English subtitles

Ferraz's documentary is a fascinating trip through the making of "one of the most deliriously beautiful films ever made" (LA Weekly): Mikhail Kalatozov's 1964 masterpiece, I Am Cuba. Requiring an unprecedented 14 months of shooting, this first and only Cuban/Soviet co-production ever made was intended as a celebration of Castro's revolution. Why then was the film rejected by Cubans and Soviets alike upon its release and shelved for more than 30 years until it was rediscovered and championed in the 1990s by North Americans, including Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola?

Through a combination of breathtaking shots from the original film and interviews with surviving Soviet and Cuban cast and crew members, Ferraz investigates the motives behind the banning of the film. The resulting documentary, I am Cuba, The Siberian Mammoth, provides us with insight into the ideology of the Cold War, the recent history of Cuba, and the great irony of I Am Cuba which only the passage of time has been able to reveal.

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