- Cuba: Battle of the 10,000,000
April 20 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium
The famously reclusive French film essayist Chris Marker (1921–2012) traveled to Cuba in 1970 to document repercussions from Fidel Castro’s plea to his people for a massive harvest of ten million tons of sugarcane. Under a mid-1960s Cuban-Soviet economic agreement, Cuba was to become the sugar bowl of the Communist world by increasing sugar production to 10 million metric tons a year by 1970. (The most the country had ever produced before was 7.2 million tons in 1952). Marker’s rarely seen hour-long Cuba: La bataille des dix millions is a thoughtfully observed look at communism’s impact on the country, made with obvious regard for the island’s farm workers. (Chris Marker, 1971, subtitles, 16mm, 58 minutes) Special thanks to James Schneider.