of the ironies of the Cuban Revolution was that, from the
beginning, it persecuted many of its loyal supporters because
of their sexual orientation. LOOKING FOR A SPACE examines
the cultural, political and historical reasons behind the
persecution of lesbians and gay men during the early years
of the Revolution, and takes a fresh look at this issue from
the perspectives of Cubans who are living on the island today.
We meet a diverse group of people, from a wide range of
age groups and occupations, who express differences of
opinion. Older people recall the repression of the late
sixties when gay people were sent to "UMAP" camps for "re-education." During the Mariel boatlift of 1980, many gay people were seen as "counterrevolutionary" for
fleeing the country. Many younger Cubans feel there is
more tolerance today, as an emerging gay subculture demonstrates.
Given the uncertain political and economic climate of today's
Cuba, the future remains unclear. Though completed in 1994,
this documentary raises critical questions about political
and sexual identity that are still highly relevant today.
Produced and Directed by Kelly Anderson
38:00, color, video
Available in Spanish or English
"...steers a thoughtful course between the myths and stereotypes about Cuban culture."
San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Catalogue
"With courage and honesty, Anderson navigates the Cuban contradictions."
Jorge Cortinas, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Screened at the American Psychiatric Association 1995 Annual Conference
American Center (Paris)
Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles