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EPICENTRO is an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, “utopian” Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine still resonates. This Big Bang ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire. At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda. In his latest film, Hubert Sauper explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana — who he calls “young prophets” — to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself.

108 minutes. Documentary. NR.

Sauper cleverly demands that we look again at the island and at the principles of the people, and implores us not to believe the propaganda that is everywhere, because when people stand up to great power, something beautiful happens.


Sauper and his co-editor, veteran Yves Deschamps, work the material with a remarkable fluidity and gracefulness that’s consistently engaging and surprising.

The Hollywood Reporter

There are moments of bell-like clarity along the way that build into a touching lament for a people constantly at the mercy of other nations’ grand designs.

Screen International

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Rent Online - $12

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After your purchase, you have 5 days to watch.