Soy Cuba

Soy Cuba is a film composed of 4 mini sections that gave the viewer true insight into Cuba during the revolutionary period. The film is broken down into 4 stories, the first, a story of Americans in a Cuban night club, where the more liberal American pays a young dancer in the night club to go to her meager home to have sex with her, ultimately ruining her relationship with the young Cuban male selling fruit through town. The second story shows an old Cuban farmworker who worked on land that was then bought by an international corporation. He sent his kids off to town to enjoy other products of American based multinational corporations. This irony is ultimately counteracted by the father burning the sugar crop and dying right there in the field where he worked so hard to make his living. The third story shows American Sailors on a day pass in Guantanamo Bay, leading into a revolutionary march led by a local student who is tasked with killing the police lieutenant (and fails) on a college campus and a corrupt police suppressing and killing the revolutionaries. The final story finally introduces Castro, when Batista’s armies bomb the mountainous region where a family lives and Castro sought refuge for a moment. Mariano, the man living in the hills with his family, is forced to flee when the bombings start, one of his sons die and he is forced to take up arms with the revolutionaries, where a rifle is earned by taking it off of a dead opponent. The film illustrates the changes taking place in Cuba during the revolution and the impact on the lower class general population.

 In “Born in Blood and Fire”, the chapter on revolution speaks to the shantytowns where women like “Betty” live and are taken advantage of by Americans who visit the region. The Cuban revolution marked by communist ideologies was the only viable solution for the corrupt Batista regime that was in place. This revolution slowly grew until the United States saw the growth of Nuclear Arms and became nervous; realizing the Russian threat of the Cold War was now in their back yard. This culminated in the Bay of Pigs invasion orchestrated under President Kennedy. According to Eckstein’s article, the revolution resulted in higher social welfare but weakened their “capacity to compete in export markets”, and the success rate of the revolution was diminished because of limitations not within their control and exploitation from world powers on either side