Nov 3rd 2021

Tomás Gutierréz Alea, 1972, 120 min, Digital

Celebrated filmmaker Tomás Gutierréz Alea (Memories of Underdevelopment) mixes historical record with wild fabulation in this unruly period piece. The film follows Juan Contreras, a landowner in a 17th-century Cuba whose unorthodox ideas and free-spirited lifestyle run afoul of the Church and the Spanish colonial bureaucracy. Using radical techniques of cinematography and montage, Alea figures Contreras as a man “born too early,” one whose disobedience represents the first stirrings in a 300-year struggle for independence. Shown in a new restoration courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and the Cinemateca de Cuba.



A CUBAN FIGHT AGAINST THE DEMONS screens as part of the “Retelling Resistance” series, which revisits early episodes in the struggle against colonial and cultural imperialism, from the first revolts against the Spanish administration in Cuba to the Haïtian Revolution.

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