The Sugar Curtain

Release date:July 25, 2007

Studio:First Run/Icarus Films

Director:Camila Guzmán Urzúa

MPAA Rating:N/A




Plot Summary:

In this intimate autobiographical portrait, the filmmaker, who was born in Chile in 1971 but after the 1973 coup moved with her family to Cuba, returns to Havana (which she left in 1990), to look for her childhood friends, and to see what became of the 'golden years' of the Cuban Revolution in which they grew up. For them, growing up in Cuba in the '70s and '80s seemed like a paradise, where the state provided everything— playgrounds, education, healthcare, housing, work—and Camila and her friends were part of an idealistic generation of young "Pioneers," dedicated to building a new society. But Camila left Cuba shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union—which for decades had assured the island nation’s economic survival—and by the mid-Nineties not only were the political issues evident for all to see, but the Cuban economy was in ruins. "The Sugar Curtain" blends alternately fond and disenchanted reminiscences and reflections, views of the sad remnants of the decaying buildings of Havana , and scenes of the boisterous vitality of today’s Cuban schoolchildren. As an autobiographical documentary sensitive to the contrasting currents and fortunes of the Cuban Revolution over the last three decades, "The Sugar Curtain" — which concludes with a roll call of Camila's former classmates who have left Cuba to live in other countries—offers a privileged perspective on the history of a small country that has been at the heart of world politics for over fifty years.