Soy Cuba (1964) was hidden away in the Soviet archives and almost forgotten before being re-discovered by filmmakers in the USA 30 years after it was made. The film is shot in black and white, sometimes using infrared film obtained from the Soviet military to exaggerate contrast (making trees and sugar cane almost white, and skies very dark but still obviously sunny).
"I Am Cuba" is a celebration of Communist kitsch, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality — a whirling, feverish dance through both the sensuous decadence of Batista's Havana and the grinding poverty and oppression of the Cuban people.
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