The Republic of Cuba is an archipelago, consisting of the main island, which is the largest in the Caribbean, and about 4,000 keys and little islands, most of them are inhabitant. It has 110,992 square kilometers of surface area and its capital is La Habana. Cuba’s population of 11.2 million of people, is considered one of the most heterogeneous of the world, consisting of whites, blacks, mulattos, Chinese and others Asians, in perfect symbiosis. The island was discovered by Christopher Columbus on 1492.

Precisely due to the concentration of so different culture from Africa, Spain and also Asian countries emerged the national Cuban culture, of which the most critical events that has ever taken place has been the Cuban Revolution itself. The triumph of that liberating feat on the 1 January of 1959 opened the door for the Cuban culture and its artists to fully exercise their talent as never before. The country is living a moment of creative artistic and literary explosion, with the public enjoying a great deal of this creativity. From this diversity, however, unity emerged as a concept of nation and nationality, defined throughout time and definitely merged in the melting pot of liberation struggles. Mixed bloods and common hopes created a solid base, a unique sensitivity, in other words our own culture. If we were to define the essence of Cuban culture, we would have to assess two main elements: its integrating orientation and its universal call. One cannot exist without the other. A smiling face always identifies Cuban culture.

The Cuban Films Institute (ICAIC) is a state institution in charge of the filmmaking in the island. It has made numerous movies and documentary films, nine of which will be presented in the 7th Jagran Film Festival, presenting a glimpse into the real life and culture of the Cuban people through almost 58 years of Cuban revolution. We hope you would enjoy it.