Jon Alpert began a chronicle of Fidel Castro’s Cuba in 1972, bringing along a small crew and a portable camera. Filmed over 45 years, CUBA AND THE CAMERAMAN follows three families and Castro. Alpert was there for Cuba’s socialism of the early ‘70s, and for the 1980 Mariel Bay boatlift, when over 100,000 Cubans fled the island, accompanied by inmates released from prisons and insane asylums. He returned to cover the hardships of the 1990s and the “Special Period” after the fall of the Soviet Union when Cuba literally went dark, documenting how these families and the Cuban leader dealt with the serious challenges gripping their country.
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