I am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth (Soy Cuba, O Mamute Siberiano)
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I am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth (Soy Cuba, O Mamute Siberiano)
Languishing during its initial 1964 release yet later hailed as a classic by film scholars some three decades later, the landmark Cuban/Soviet co-production I Am Cuba forms the foundation of filmmaker Vicente Ferraz's insightful documentary. The time was the 1960s, and revolution was sweeping through the streets of Cuba. As the Caribbean island country gradually began focusing their efforts on creating a new film culture, a group of Soviet filmmakers led by director Mikhail Kalatozov vowed to support their brothers and sisters in celluloid. The result was a film that paid tribute to the… More
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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fascinating capsule of an era long past."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"I Am Cuba, the Siberian Mammoth retells the checkered history of Soy Cuba, the infamous Cuban-Soviet co-production that started out as a love letter to the Cuban Revolution but ended up a Dear Juan letter to communism."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"[Ferraz] digs into the past to illuminate Kalatozov's extraordinary blend of formal bravura and revolutionary didacticism."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"It's all fascinating, but must Kalatozov's careening angel of cinema be laid bare?"
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice