MY BROTHER FIDEL (MI HERMANO FIDEL)

Mi hermano Fidel (1977) follows the Cuban leader into the home of a 93 year old acquaintance of Jose Marti, who is now blind and who takes the duration of the film to realize who his illustrious interviewer actually is.

 

Filmed entirely by chance on the last day of filming of " The Necessary War " this documentary tells the encounter between Fidel Castro and Salustiano Leyva, who at age 11 had an exceptional encounter with José Martí in the brief visit he made ​​to his house for more than 82 years , the day the Cuban hero landed to liberate Cuba from Spanish rule in Playita Cajobabo , the April 11, 1895 . Fidel and the old Salustiano converse of that meeting and Salustiano refers constantly to the continuity of Martí in the person of Fidel , but poor eyesight , do not know who is being interviewed . It is at the end of the talk that Fidel newly made ​​known to the old centennial and resolves that make some glasses so you can see.

 

SPANISH | CUBA | 1977                                    

DOCUMENTARY | 17 MIN | DVD | COLOR

 

Director: SANTIAGO ÁLVAREZ

 

Director Biography:

Santiago Álvarez was the first of the revolutionary Cuban filmmakers to make his mark on the world scene. He is also one of the greatest of all the montagists –filmmakers who put their faith in the powers of editing– moving from his position as head of ICAIC’s (Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos) newsreel department to become the director of a series of brilliant, short, experimental, rhetorical documentaries in the vibrant 1960s.

 

Santiago Álvarez was born on March 8, 1919, the son of immigrant Spanish parents. His father was an anarchist and when he was arrested, Santiago began to learn about politics at a very young age. Santiago began working as a printer’s apprentice at age 15 and joined the union. It didn’t take him long to become a strike organizer, and he continued his activism at night school and as a director of radio programmes. He travelled to the United States towards the end of the 1930’s depression, working as a coal miner and dish washer, and in New York City he enrolled as a student at Columbia University and the Communist backed Jefferson School. On Santiago’s return to Cuba he studied philosophy at the University of Havana. But, he also joined the Partido Socialista Popular (the Cuban Communist party) and helped found Nuestro Tiempo (Our Times), a left wing cultural group. During the underground struggle against Batista’s dictatorship he was arrested a few times. Later, in the 1950s he found work at a television station as a musical archivist which helped prepare him for newsreel work when he was one of the first employees at ICAIC in 1959.

 

Cast: 
Chen Gang, Nai An, Wang Hongwei, Zhang Zebin, Luo Xue'er

 

Crew: 
Screenplay: Santiago Alvarez, Rebeca Chavez

Production: Mario Canals

Cinematography/Photography : Ivan Naples, Raul Perez Ureta

Edition: Miriam Talavera

Music: Leo Brouwer

 

Festivals:

Numerous Film Festivals Globally