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Cinema

Cubans explored the fledgling cinema industry as early as 1897; however the Golden Age of film making would have to wait for the Revolution. The Cuban Film institute was founded in 1959 with the aim of developing a distinct Cuban cinema and making it accessible to the people. Throughout the 1960s, a movement known as the Imperfect Cinema released documentary films and shorts, filmed in 8 mm or 16 mm often with hand-held cameras. These widely praised films became the genesis of New Latin American Cinema. Today there are movie houses thought the island and movie-going is a national pastime. Challenging films continue to be made, including the internationally celebrated Fresa y chocolate (1993) directed by Tomas Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío. Every year the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana brings new Cuban film to the world’s attention.