Courtesy of Bullfrog Films
Directed by: Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
Venue: National Museum of Women in the Arts
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UNFINISHED SPACES (Cuba, 2011, 86 min.)
Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young visionary architects in the wake of Castro’s Revolution, was long neglected but has now been rediscovered as an architectural masterpiece. After construction began in the early 1960s, the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted; the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to complete their unrealized dream. The film features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art while also documenting the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists. Directed and produced by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray.
Introduced by Deborah L. Gaston, Director of Education, National Museum of Women in the Arts.
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