[Marxism] Fwd: Trailer Debut for Netflix’s CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN, Launching Nov 24

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 3 11:11:48 MDT 2017

(I was at a press screening for this and was a bit put off even though 
Jon Alpert is obviously a supporter of the revolution. For some reason, 
he profiled a number of fairly apolitical Cubans who he developed a 
friendship with. Their attitudes toward changes in Cuba are lacking in 
any kind of insight about the historical process even though they have a 
human interest aspect that Alpert emphasized. After things turn bad in 
the "special period", they react as most ordinary Cubans do--some 
becoming American immigrants. In any case, it is definitely watching on 
Netflix later this month. If I wrote a review, I'd be tempted to call it 
"rotten" but didn't see any point in that.)

Netflix’s */CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN/*, directed by multiple-Emmy 
award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentarian Jon Alpert, 
captures life in Cuba over the course of _45 YEARS_, from the country’s 
cautious optimism during the early 1970s, to the harrowing 1990s after 
the fall of the Soviet Union, to the death of Fidel Castro last year. In 
the film, which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival, Alpert 
focuses on three Cuban families and their growth and struggle throughout 
the decades. He was also astonishingly able to obtain unprecedented 
access to Castro himself, exposing a more intimate side of Castro never 
before seen by the public.

*Watch the film’s new trailer **HERE* <https://youtu.be/lsZ8hDutkeM>*. *

*SYNOPSIS |*Since 1959, when Fidel Castro ascended to power in the 
revolution that marked an era, no one had ever gone as deep inside Cuba 
as Jon Alpert (/Baghdad ER/, /China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of 
Sichuan Province/). The multiple-Emmy award-winning and Academy 
Award-nominated documentarian began filming in Castro’s Cuba in 1972, 
having become fascinated with the country, its people, and its culture 
years earlier. Alpert brought along a small crew and a portable camera, 
beginning a fascinating, intimate, decades-long chronicle of the 
Communist country that was 90 miles off the coast of Florida, a longtime 
political foe, but a mystery to much of the world.

Compiled from more than a thousand hours of footage and filmed over 45 
years, Alpert follows three families and Fidel Castro. He was there for 
Cuba’s optimistic socialism of the early ’70s, and for the 1980 Mariel 
Bay boatlift, when over 100,000 Cubans fled the island accompanied by 
inmates released from prisons and insane asylums. He returned to cover 
the hardships of the 1990s; the harrowing “Special Period” after the 
fall of the Soviet Union, when Cuba literally went dark. He documented 
how these families and the Cuban leader dealt with the serious 
challenges gripping their country.

Among the revelations in the Netflix original documentary */CUBA AND THE 
CAMERAMAN/* is Castro himself – unguarded, off-the-cuff, and unedited. 
In their numerous on-camera interviews, the cigar-chomping revolutionary 
affectionately called the straight-shooting Alpert “The Journalist,” and 
showed a side of himself never seen publicly. Alpert was one of the last 
Americans to see Castro before his death.

*Run time:*113 minutes

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