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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 86 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2012
Available in French: No

Cuba's ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists, Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti, and Roberto Gottardi, in the wake of Castro's Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.
In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.
UNFINISHED SPACES features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists.


Film Independent Spirit Award
Best Reportage, Montreal Festival International du Film sur l'Art
Documentary Jury Prize, Salem Film Festival
Special Jury Prize, San Diego Latino Film Festival
Jury Prize, Semana Internacional de Cine
Jury Prize, Montreal FIFA Festival
Jury Prize, Valladolid International Film Festival

Screened at:
Los Angeles Film Festival
Camden International Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
New York City Architecture and Design Film Festival
Minneapolis-St. Paul Latin Film Festival
Alexandria Film Festival
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival


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