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, Olga Savchenko
Director of Photography
Maxim Ryazantsev, Jim Brown, Stas Namin, Artem Mikoyan
Miozotis Fabelo Pinares, Celia Cruz & La Sonora Matancera, Papi Oviedo y Su Soneros, Mayco d’Alma
Alexey Panin, Igor Klimenkov
Artem Mikoyan, Maxim Ryazantsev, Andrey Ponkratov
Stola Film Production The Stas Namin Centre Jim Brown Productions
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.
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 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.
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).