In 1971, poet Heberto Padilla was jailed by the revolutionary government in Cuba. A public self-blame show is staged, where he declares himself a counterrevolutionary agent and fingers many friends. A startling documentary that opens a window into the past and offers insights into Cuba’s current crisis.
The Cuban revolution transformed into reality the dream of many intellectuals of seeing the ideals of communism take charge of the destiny of a country. But that paradise quickly turned into something else when the government began to impose limits on the freedom of expression of its people and artists. The writer Heberto Padilla was a defender of the revolution until things began to change and so did his views and opinions. His criticism of the government eventually landed him in jail. But shortly after his imprisonment, his conviction was acquitted and Padilla, in a public conference, admitted that his statements against the government had been a mistake. What happened in those days of confinement to make the writer change his mind? This documentary, through interviews and records never seen before, tells us the story of one of the most significant events in the political and cultural history of Latin America and the ever-changing relations between intellectuals and power. (Sung MOON)
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