Director Jon Alpert captures life in Cuba over the past decades in the upcoming Netflix documentary Cuba and the Cameraman.
The film, which premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival, follows the country’s trajectory over the past 45 years, from the its cautious optimism during the early 1970s; the 1980 Mariel Bay boatlift, where over 100,000 Cuban fled the island; to the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union; and the death of Fidel Castro last year.
In the documentary, Alpert focuses on three Cuban families and their ups and downs throughout the decades. He documented how these families and Castro dealt with the serious challenges facing their country.
Alpert also obtained unprecedented access to Castro himself, showing an intimate side of the leader rarely seen by the public.
The award-winning documentarian of HBO’s 2006 doc Baghdad ER began filming in Cuba in 1972, having become fascinated with the country, its people, and its culture years earlier. With a small crew and a portable camera, Alpert began a decades-long chronicle of the communist country that was a longtime political foe of the U.S. and a mystery to much of the world.
Cuba and the Cameraman premiere’s on Netflix and opens in select theatres Nov. 24.