in about 100 words or less
Cuba 96m, B&W
Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea; Cast: Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Nunez, Omar Valdés, René de la Cruz
Memories of Underdevelopment is a sociopolitical character study of a once wealthy writer who stays in Cuba after the revolution, to see how things turn out. In surveying Cuba, Sergio suggests that little has changed in his country, and that neither it or its people have realized their potential. With no job, no prospects and a series of failed relationships, he himself is an example of what this film is about. Employing a good deal of narration and some archival footage, Alea has created a documentary-style drama that becomes a study of the effects of alienation on both the individual and state (Klaus Ming April 2016).