THE REAL CUBA
THE REAL CUBA

THE REAL CUBA

Director Stas Namin, Jim Brown  

Production year 2017

Length 63min.

Country Russia/USA

SYNOPSIS

In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, with a nuclear war looming, a key negotiator on the Soviet side was Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan. Half a century later, his grandson, Stas Namin, travels to Cuba. The film reveals the unique spirit of freedom that permeates Cuba and Cubans of every social standing, age and economic circumstances. Everyone who visits the island even briefly can feel it. The spirit is reflected in their eyes and on their faces. It seems to fill the Cuban air. The Real Cuba features interviews with Cuban entrepreneurs, priests, medical doctors, dancers, artists, musicians, poor people, athletes, farmers and fishermen. They speak of the distinctive character of their country and its people, their understanding of the meaning of life, and the further development of Cuba with open borders.

CAST & CREW

Stas Namin
Stas Namin

Director

Producer

Stas Namin, Olga Savchenko

Script

Stas Namin

Director of Photography

Maxim Ryazantsev, Jim Brown, Stas Namin, Artem Mikoyan

Production designer

Denis Kudriavtsev

Music by

Miozotis Fabelo Pinares, Celia Cruz & La Sonora Matancera, Papi Oviedo y Su Soneros, Mayco d’Alma

Sound

Alexey Panin, Igor Klimenkov

Edit

Artem Mikoyan, Maxim Ryazantsev, Andrey Ponkratov

Production company

Stola Film Production The Stas Namin Centre Jim Brown Productions

Stas Namin

Stas Namin is a cult figure in Russia. A pioneer of the Russian rock music, he is the founding member and leader of Tsvety, an iconic band who sold over 60 million records in the USSR and Eastern Europe within half a century. He wrote many popular Russian songs. Namin established SNC, the first independent production company in his country that launched many successful music acts. He organised the first pop and rock festivals in Russia, such as the Moscow Music Peace Festival (1989), featuring some of the leading bands from the West, the One World Festival and the Rock from the Kremlin. As a theatrical director and producer, Namin has staged plays in the theatre that he founded in 1999. Namin recorded a double album of ethnic music, One World Music Freedom, with musicians from India, Armenia, Israel, Palestine, the United Kingdom, Africa, etc. As a photographer, Namin has long been acclaimed in Russia and abroad. The State Russian Museum brought out his first album of photographs in 2001 as well as a recently completed 15-year photo project The Magic of Venus, on the phenomenon of human birth. Over the past 15 years, Namin paints and does graphic art. His works were exhibited at galleries and museums in Russia. In 2014, Namin became an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.


Filmography

Magical India (2012), The Real Cuba (Co-dir.: Stas Namin, 2016), Free to Rock (Co-dir.: Stas Namin, 2017), Ancient Churches of Armenia (2017).


Jim Brown  
Jim Brown  

Director

Jim Brown  

Jim Brown is a four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/director and heads Jim Brown Productions in New York. He is responsible for some of the most popular and critically acclaimed musical documentary programs of the last 35 years. He has made over 120 television documentaries and concerts. Four of his documentaries were released theatrically. Jim has also co-produced and/or collaborated with Norman Lear, Michael Cohl, Steve Bing, Ken Burns, Nora Guthrie, Robert Santelli, Peter Yarrow, Jeff Rosen, and the late Alan Lomax and the late Harold Leventhal. Brown is also a tenured professor at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America.


Filmography

The Weavers: Wasn’t That a Time (1981), A Musical Passage (1984), We Shall Overcome (1989), Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (2007), The Real Cuba (Co-dir.: Stas Namin, 2016), Free to Rock (2017).

FILMS 2018