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Cuba in a Global ContextInternational Relations, Internationalism, and Transnationalism$
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Catherine Krull

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049106

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049106.001.0001

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Through the Eyes of Foreign Filmmakers

Through the Eyes of Foreign Filmmakers

Contradictions and Paradigms of Cuban Cinema after the Revolution

(p.243) 14 Through the Eyes of Foreign Filmmakers
Cuba in a Global Context

María Caridad Cumaná

University Press of Florida

In this analysis of Cuban cinema, there are two periods of filmmaking. The 1960s were a new historical moment with the triumph of the Revolution. In addition, there was the advent of faith in new values through complete social, economic, and political changes on the island. Films romanticized these changes. The situation changed by the 1990s with the collapse of the socialist bloc and as the utopian dream of a better country and the theory of the “new man” died. The subsequent deep economic crisis affected the whole structure of society – the so-called ‘Special Period’ – and Cubans began a new phase of their existence to survive. Many foreigners approached the filming of these changes with a different perspective: it was not a romantic approach, but rather a more realistic way to document what was happening on the island.

Keywords:   Cuba, Transnationalism, Cinema, Film Making, Revolution, Special Period

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