HFFNY presents Classics to Keep You Company

A new digital series that brings the masters of Cuban and Latin American Cinema to your home

The cinema has been, at times, a fun antidote to many an ailment, the starting point at which we make a diagnosis of the world. At other times, it’s a microscope to see in detail our societies and sociopolitical maladies. While it might not be the cure for all ills (least of all a virus) we still think that in this spring of 2020, when it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it may be the best way to spend our time at home. On that note we are excited to share with you our new digital series of some of our most beloved classic movies to keep you company while you practice social distancing.

New links are posted every Wednesday, so stay tuned, stay safe, stay calm and enjoy the show!

EL MÉGANO (1955)

Julio García Espinosa | Cuba | Doc | 25min

Grab the popcorn and get cozy! To kick-off HFFNY’s series of classic films to keep you company while you practice social distancing, we present EL MÉGANO (1955) the impactful short doc by beloved Cuban director Julio García Espinosa that paved the way to Cuba’s revolutionary cinema.


Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Cuba | Doc | 19min

Next up in HFFNY’s series of time-honored classics to keep you company while you practice social distancing is a bite-sized doc by Cuba’s most ingenious filmmaker, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (aka Titón). A striking portrayal of land inequality for the campesinos of Cuba’s countryside, this short deftly marries the realities of the present with dreams for tomorrow.


Luis Buñuel | Mexico | Fiction | 78min

HFFNY invites you on a feature-length trip to Mexico with its third film in our digital series of classics to keep you company. Iconic Spanish director Luis Buñuel’s pivotal work, Los olvidados / The Young and the Damned (1950), blends the stark reality of marginalized Mexican youths with surrealist dreamscapes to create an award-winning film that became a bedrock of future Latin American cinema.

Buñuel’s masterpiece, newly-restored and subtitled in English, is streaming for free on Amazon Prime (also available to rent for $2.99): https://amzn.to/3b5N84A

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