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Improper Conduct (1984)
"Mauvaise conduite" (original title)

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An examination of Cuba's "moral purges" that began in 1964 with UMAP camps for those suspected of or found guilty of "improper conduct." Key moments brought outside attention to these ... See full summary »

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Lorenzo Monreal ...
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Jorge Lago ...
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Julio Medina ...
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José Mario ...
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An examination of Cuba's "moral purges" that began in 1964 with UMAP camps for those suspected of or found guilty of "improper conduct." Key moments brought outside attention to these policies: the defection of ballet dancers in Paris in 1966, a 48-hour period in 1980 when more than 11,000 Cubans sought asylum in Havana's Peruvian embassy, and the brief detention of writer Virgilio Piñera. Interviews with exiles take up most of the film as they tell their stories and ponder the Castro government's arrest and detention of persons with effeminate mannerisms: what the state calls "extravagant behavior." In essence, the film exposes the Cuban state's homophobic, petit bourgeois nature. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 March 1984 (France)  »

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Herberto Padilla: Only "manly" homosexuals were tolerated. Many Cuban political leaders are "manly" homosexuals. They speak with deep voices, and manage to hide the truth. It's a serious problem in a "macho" country like Cuba. That's how homosexuals saved their skin, and now hold important political positions. Especially in the police, where there are many "manly" homosexuals.
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Interesting, politically important, but flawed documentary
18 July 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Strong, if heavy handed documentary about Castro's horrific mistreatment of gay Cubans.

Always interesting, but somehow not as powerful as it might be. Maybe because it's too sure of it's own POV. There's no pretense of balance or questioning of the claims made by victims. While I have no doubt of their honesty, it doesn't feel like the film is interested in doing more than proving it's point with talking heads recounting stories..

Also, its focus seems to drift at times, into more generic, general Castro bashing, which is less effective, and starts to undermine the power of the specific arguments being made here.


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