COFFEA ARÁBIGA

Cuba, 1968
Length: 18'
Director: Nicolás Guillén Landrián

Cinematographer: Lupercio López
Editor: Iván Arocha
Sound: Rodolfo Plaza
Producer: José Rouco

From the coffee tree to your lips. The Cuban Film Institute commanded Landrián to make a propaganda documentary to show how to sow coffee around Havana, one of Castro’s most delirious ideas. In fact, Guillén Landrián made a didactic film, which at the same time managed to betray the official proposal. The great irreverence: the use in the soundtrack of a forbidden song by The Beatles, The fool on the hill, when Castro walks to a podium for a speech. The documentary was exhibited but banned as soon as the coffee plan collapsed.