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The Films of Santiago Alvarez, Ranked

by Eliecer Gaspar
The Films of Santiago Alvarez, Ranked by Eliecer Gaspar
“I began to study medicine, I studied for two years but I left it because my family couldn’t afford it. It was a big setback to me because I had high hopes to specialize in children’s illnesses. I left for the United States, like many did back then in order to look for new opportunities. My stay in the United States was an important lesson, an important experience in life on what the United States really meant to me, to the Cuban people, and to the American people. It was there that I witnessed the discrimination against blacks. I gathered a lot of stories to tell, which I later translated into what would one day become Now!.” The revolution… Read more

“I began to study medicine, I studied for two years but I left it because my family couldn’t afford it. It was a big setback to me because I had high hopes to specialize in children’s illnesses. I left for the United States, like many did back then in order to look for new opportunities. My stay in the United States was an important lesson, an important experience in life on what the United States really meant to me, to the Cuban people, and to the American people. It was there that I witnessed the discrimination against blacks. I gathered a lot of stories to tell, which I later translated into what would one day become Now!.”

The revolution is exhausted and the dream is over, but at least the films remain.

Not in MUBI’s database:

April in Vietnam in the Year of the Cat (1975)
De América soy hijo… y a ella me debo (1972)
La guerra necesaria (1980)
My Brother, Fidel (1977)
Ciclón (1963)
Cerro Pelado (1966)
The New Tango (1973)
¿Cómo, por qué y para qué se asesina un general? (1971)
La Guerra Olvidada (1967)

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