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This film examines the creation and exhibition of the propaganda film I Am Cuba, a Soviet/Cuban collaboration unknown in the West until the 1990s. | Add synopsis »
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Othon Bastos ... Himself (archive footage)
Alexander Calzatti ... Himself (as Aleksandr Kaltsatyj)

Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage)
Luz María Collazo ... Herself
Sergio Corrieri ... Himself
Maurício do Valle ... Himself (archive footage)
Evgeniy Evtushenko ... Himself (archive footage)
Vicente Ferraz ... Himself
Raúl García ... Himself

Jean-Luc Godard ... Himself (archive footage)
Alfredo Guevara ... Himself
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea ... Himself (archive footage)
Mikhail Kalatozov ... Himself (archive footage)
Enrique Pineda Barnet ... Himself
Glauber Rocha ... Himself (archive footage)
Sergey Urusevskiy ... Himself (archive footage)
Juan Varona ... Himself
Salvador Wood ... Himself

Directed by
Vicente Ferraz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vicente Ferraz 

Produced by
Tito Almejeira .... producer: EICTV - Cuba team
Clélia Bessa .... producer: Raccord - Rio de Janeiro team
Rosa Ileana Boudet .... local producer: Los Angeles team
Francisco Cano .... producer: EICTV - Cuba team
Leonardo Edde .... co-producer
Felipe Herba .... local producer: Los Angeles team
Humberto Jiménez .... producer: EICTV - Cuba team
Hilton Kauffmann .... producer: Raccord - Rio de Janeiro team (as Hilton Kaufman)
Isabel Martínez .... executive producer
Begoña Pedraza .... producer: EICTV - Cuba team
Mireya Pila .... producer: EICTV - Cuba team
Iracema Supeleto .... producer: Raccord - Rio de Janeiro team
Original Music by
Jenny Padrón 
Cinematography by
Tareq Daoud 
Vicente Ferraz 
Film Editing by
Dull Janiel 
Mair Tavares 
Production Management
Leonardo Edde .... post-production supervisor
Renato Martins .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eduardo Eimil .... assistant director: Cuba team (as Eduardo Emil)
Sound Department
César Fernández Borrás .... sound mixer
César Fernández Borrás .... sound recordist (as Cesar Fernandez)
Francisco Slade .... sound designer
Francisco Slade .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Calzatti .... director of photography: second unit
Other crew
Luciano Castillo .... researcher
Enrique Pineda Barnet .... consultant

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Also Known As:
"Soy Cuba, O Mamute Siberiano" - Brazil (original title)
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90 min
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A classic made better, 6 September 2009
Author: cgyford from Ankara, Turkey

I'll make a film in Cuba that will be my answer and the whole of the Soviet people's to the blockade and the cruel aggression of US imperialism - Mikhail Kalatozov.

Some thirty years on Kalatozov's masterpiece of Soviet Realist agitprop has been rediscovered and restored by a new generation of filmmakers including Scorsese and Coppola who can admire the artistry and technical brilliance of the director, Urusevsky, his unconventional DOP, and the cast of unknowns who manage to rise above a clichéd and ill conceived script to create a rare piece of visual poetry.

The DVD box set includes Ferraz's award winning documentary 'I am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth' in which the Brazilian filmmaker goes to Cuba in search of the surviving cast and crew to recreate a unique time when the revolution was fresh, the Cuban film industry was in its infancy, Che was making deals with Japanese film studios in return for sugar, and a naïve group of Soviet filmmakers came to the tropical island to lend a hand.

Kalatovoz's film bombed in Cuba due to the unaddressed cultural differences that existed between the Slavic filmmakers and their Caribbean counterparts, it was largely banned in the USSR for its depiction of the heady days US corruption, and was ignored in a hostile West, and the true highlight of this collection is when Ferraz reveals the films recent rehabilitation to a genuinely shocked cast and crew.

When the film was needed, it was ignored. When it's an archaeological artefact, it's rescued.

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