Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950, these influential examples of “the Golden Age of Cuban Cinema” are well worth experiencing on the big screen, offering insights into the country’s rich cinematic heritage. Additional Cuban films are featured at Rice Cinema on April 14 and 21. Visit for details.

Thanks to Luis Duno Gottberg and Margarita de la Vega Hurtado for their involvement with this film series.

Past Events in This Series


1968, Spanish with English subtitles
Humberto Solás

This three-part feature traces episodes in the lives of three Cuban women, each named Lucía, from three different historical periods: around 1900 during the Cuban war of independence with Spain, the 1930s, and the 1960s.

Strawberry and Chocolate (Fresa y chocolate)

1993, Spanish with English subtitles

Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Juan Carlos Tabío

A macho but naive youth, who believes passionately in Communism and the Cuban Revolution, is befriended by a cultured young gay man who is an ardent critic of the Castro regime.

Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo)

1968, Spanish with English subtitles
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea

When Memories of Underdevelopment was finally released in the United States in 1973, no one expected such a film out of Castro’s Cuba: a sharp, funny, pro-revolutionary period piece (set in 1961, right after the Bay of Pigs).

Submerged 2 (Sumergido 2): Short Films from Cuba

, Spanish with English subtitles
Various directors

This selection of independent Cuban video work, created over the past few years, includes documentary, fiction, and animation projects. Working with minimal budgets and scarce means of support, determined contemporary filmmakers touch on social, political, and cultural themes.

I Am Cuba

1964, Spanish with English subtitles
Mikhail Kalatozov

 I Am Cuba is a wild celebration of Communist kitsch, feverishly exploring the seductive, decadent, and marvelously photogenic world of Batista’s Cuba.