Cuba and the Cameraman Premieres at Venice Film Festival


by Rachel Baron | September 8th, 2017

At DCTV, the year 1972 is usually referred to as the year Jon Alpert and Keiko Tsuno founded DCTV. Yet, while our Co-Founders were sowing the seeds of what was to be a local media arts center in downtown Chinatown, they were also venturing out of the country, crossing into the restricted borders of Cuba.

What began as a fascination with Cuba, evolved into a decades-long exploration of Castro’s regime and its long-term effects. Operating with a modest camera crew, Alpert documented the lives of villagers, diplomats, and Castro himself. And as the country changed and evolved, Alpert did too, growing into the cinéma vérité style that is exemplar of his later work.

The whole story was recorded on Alpert's camera and is now available to the public as a feature-length documentary. Compiled from more than 1,000 hours of footage and filmed over 45 years, Cuba and the Cameraman follows three families and Fidel Castro, offering a glimpse into a world few Americans have seen. And yesterday, September 7th, the film had its debut, with its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

The film was shot and directed by Jon Alpert and edited by David Meneses. Said Alpert of the premiere, “Fidel affected every single Cuban, whether people benefited or suffered. I’m glad I’m able to share all of this, and glad I’m putting a punctuation mark at the end of this long adventure.”

Stay tuned! Cuba and the Cameraman will stream on Netflix later this year.