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TTFF ’12 Preview – Cuban Doc ‘Motherland or Death’ Tackles Country’s Fading Revolutionary Mantra

TTFF '12 Preview - Cuban Doc 'Motherland or Death' Tackles Country's Fading Revolutionary Mantra

A documentary that we profiled last year, but haven’t heard much about since then. Although it continues to travel internationally, winning accolades along the way…

Up next, it’ll be one of 120 films (features and shorts) screening at the 7th Annual Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival later this month

Recapping… titled Patria o Muerte, which literally translates as Motherland or Death (for more than 50 years, has been Cuba’s motto), it’s set in Cuba and centers on the generation born before the revolution, who are now reaching the end of their lives, as they begin to further understand that they no longer have to live their lives by that decades-old revolutionary mantra.

An epoch gradually vanishes, as new generations continue to shift the country’s reality, which hasn’t quite caught up with “outsider” perceptions others have of Cuba.

The film is directed by veteran Russian documentarian Vitaly Mansky, and, as noted will screen at the TTFF, which begins September 19th.

As previously noted, the “gyrating” trailer for it follows below; as you watch it, as I did, you may wonder how exactly what you see is connected to the above description of the film. I suppose it’s meant to speak to the country’s image outside of Cuba, versus its reality…? Or a celebration of the death of a previous era, and the ushering in of a new one? Or to indicate the fragmentation of a society between the young and the vivacious versus the older and restive, yet restful? Or that there are cute girls in Cuba who can seductively wiggle their hips? Or all of the above? Something else?

You tell me.

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