Every Thursday in July, At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean will present a selection of videos and films that challenge conventional notions of the region through images and stories inspired by the cultural, social, and political complexities of the Caribbean. This evening, PAMM will screen an excerpt from Archivo (2001), by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, and Memories of Underdevelopment (1968), directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea.
Archivo (excerpt) (2001)
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico). Digital color video, with sound. 15 min.
Archivo is a hilarious compilation of short videos that reinterprets notorious incidents in Puerto Rican popular history. Beatriz Santiago Muñoz employs friends and non-actors in reenactments of some memorable incidents that happened on the island, such as the shooting of the legendary outlaw Toño Bicicleta. Drawing from subjective memories and the acts of ordinary people, this early work captures the ironies and contradictions of a collective and popular history in Puerto Rico.
Memories of Underdevelopment (1968) (Cuba)
Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. 97 min. Spanish with English subtitles.
Memories of Underdevelopment tells the story of Sergio, a wealthy bourgeois aspiring writer who decides to stay in Cuba, even though his wife and friends flee to Miami. Sergio considers the political changes on the island as he juggles two girlfriends. This is a complex character study of alienation during the turmoil of intense social and political changes experienced in Cuba in the 1960s. Memories of Underdevelopment is narrated from a highly subjective point of view in which the main character tells the story in fragments, resembling the way memory functions.