Irene Gutiérrez / 80´ / 2020 / España, Cuba

Direction: Irene Gutiérrez

Production: Jose Alayón

Script: Irene Gutiérrez, Lisandra López

Cinematography: José Alayón

Editing: Cristóbal Fernández

Sound: Alfonso Fontela

In the very heart of Cuba’s deepest jungle, three ex-combatants from the War of Angola refuse to give up the revolutionary spirit that has united them as comrades for over thirty years. Always on guard, every day they train in their old uniforms on a never-ending mission: a war game in which they are still capable, strong and – above all – young in spirit. They are the last samurais of the Cuban Revolution. Always in combat, Homeland or Death; but what is the point of these slogans nowadays? What happened to those men who fought for those slogans when they were young? Has History forgotten them because they are no longer needed?

IRENE GUTIÉRREZ (Ceuta, 1977) Filmmaker and researcher. Graduated in Documentary Cinema from the Escuela Internacional de San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba), Master’s in Spanish Cinema Studies and Doctorate from Communications Department at the Universidad Carlos III. She has directed DIARIOS DE FRONTERA (2012), HOTEL NUEVA ISLA (2014), DIARIOS DEL EXILIO (2019) and ENTRE PERRO Y LOBO (2020). Her documentaries have been shown at more than fifty festivals including the Berlinale, the MoMA and the Rotterdam International Festival, winning awards in Jeonju, Miami, Cali, Cuba and Mexico, among others. Her work, ranging from intimate portrait to documentary essay, explores the tension between individual and nation through the landscape.