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iLens: Memorias del Subdesarrollo (Memories of Underdevelpment)

Sunday, March 26, 2017,

  • Location: Sarratt Cinema

Presented by Ben Chace, director of Sin Alas, and William Luis, Director of the Latino and Latina Studies Program and Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish.

Cuba (1968) Dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. Sergio, a wealthy bourgeois aspiring writer, decides to stay in Cuba after the revolution, even though his wife and friends flee to Miami. Sergio reflects on the changes in Cuba, from the Castro Revolution to the missile crisis, the effect of living in an underdeveloped country, and his relationships with his girlfriends, Elena and Hanna. Memories of Underdevelopment is a complex character study of alienation during the turmoil of social changes. The film is told in a highly subjective point of view through a fragmented narrative that resembles the way memories function. Spanish with English Subtitles. Digital file. 97 minutes.  Presented in collaboration with The Latino and Latina Studies Program and the Center for Latin American Studies. Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna at L' Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in association with Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC ). Restoration funded by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project.