The story takes place in Havana, Cuba in 1979. David (Vladimir Cruz) is a university student who meets Diego (Jorge Perugorría), a gay artist unhappy with the Castro regime's attitude toward the LGBT community as well as the censored conceptualization of culture. David's homophobic classmate, Miguel (Francisco Gattorno), plans to use David to spy on Diego, a person whom they see as aberrant and dangerous to the Communist cause; Diego, for his part, initiates the friendship with sexual intentions.
Sergio, a wealthy bourgeois aspiring writer, decides to stay in Cuba even though his wife and friends flee to Miami. Sergio looks back over the changes in Cuba, from the Cuban Revolution to the missile crisis, the effect of living in an underdeveloped country, and his relations with his girlfriends Elena and Hanna. Memories of Underdevelopment is a complex character study of alienation during the turmoil of social changes. The film is told in a highly subjective point of view through a fragmented narrative that resembles the way memories function. Throughout the film, Sergio narrates action, and at times is used as a tool to present bits of political information about the climate in Cuba at the time. In several instances, real-life documentary footage of protests and political events are incorporated into the film and played over Sergio’s narration to expose the audience to the reality of the Revolution. The timeframe of the film is somewhat ambiguous, but it appears to take place over a few months.
Un an après que l’ouragan Ike a détruit leur village, les pêcheurs de San Antonio, à Cuba, se rappellent leurs anciennes maisons et leur vie quotidienne antérieure. Leurs souvenirs convoquent des images tournées quelques jours seulement avant la catastrophe. Cependant, le documentaire ethnographique qui s’ensuit n’est ni prévisible, ni conventionnel, puisque le réalisateur-ethnographe rejette l’emploi de tout scénario et nous entraîne dans un dialogue paradoxal avec ses collaborateurs. Les pêcheurs cubains, quoique pauvres, s’avèrent familiers avec l’ethnographie et les techniques documentaires, ce qui suscite une interaction continuelle avec le réalisateur. Le paradigme du cinéma-vérité est ainsi dépassé et rendu obsolète.
En 1960 a lieu le dernier Grand Prix de Cuba et depuis toute compétition automobile est interdite par le régime. Cependant, les amateurs continuent de disputer des courses nocturnes ou sur des routes peu fréquentées au volant de leurs ancêtres customisés et qui sont parfois de véritables dragsters. Belles américaines des années 1950, Moskvitch, Lada et même une Porsche s'affrontent deux par deux sur des tronçons de routes longs de quelques centaines de mètres, bravant la police.
The story takes place in Cuba in 1850, in the era of the Black slave trade. In a sugar cane plantation, Captain Jorge (Ramón Gay) and his wife, Beatriz (Rosa Elena Durgel) live happily: are expecting a child, and their slaves live quiet and at peace with them. But one night, as the full moon appears, the sound of drums rises in the air. Yambao (Ninón Sevilla), the granddaughter of a witch supposed murdered 15 years ago named Caridad (Fedora Capdevila), has reappeared. The plantation slaves begin to fear. Her grandmother was killed by them due to black magic and curses that fell on the plantation thanks to her. Yambao's arrival coincides with a new outbreak of black vomit, not appearing on the plantation for decades, and all attributed the situation to the black magic of the girl. Yambao it's not really bad, but Caridad, who actually survived her assassination attempt, is the one who fills her heart with hatred and revenge. Jorge stays out of the traditions and customs of his slaves, but when he discovers that these want to sacrifice the girl, decides to intervene. Jorge saves Yambao, who swears eternal gratitude. But the girl starts to fall for him. Her grandmother decided to take advantage of this feeling from her revenge. Yambao decides to perform a magic ritual of Santeria over Jorge to make him love her. Her magic spell coincides with the contagion of Jorge of the epidemic plague. The doctors did not give hopes to Jorge. Yambao decides to intervene and offered her to cure him in gratitude for saving her life. The contact with Jorge, rooted even more her feelings. When Jorge manages to save himself from danger, he begins to feel the desire to be near of Yambao, which suggests that the spell has worked. For several weeks Jorge is delivered with passion for Yambao, forgetting his wife, his plantation and all his duties. However, when Jorge is informed that his wife is about to give birth, he runs to her side, and when his child born, his mind is clear and decides to return to his family. Yambao seeks revenge, and advised by Caridad decides to kill the wife and the son of Jorge. Fortunately, when about to consummate the crime, her grandmother, Caridad, is discovered by the foreman of the plantation, who kills her with a machete. Yambao flees in horror, promising not to cause any damage. The witch Caridad is the subject of a funeral ceremony with exotic rituals. At the end of the ritual, Yambao decides to end her own life by jumping off a cliff, to the astonishment of Jorge.
Chala, jeune cubain, malin et débrouillard, est livré à lui-même. Elevé par une mère défaillante qui lui témoigne peu d’amour, il prend soin d’elle et assume le foyer. Il rapporte de l’argent en élevant des chiens de combat. Ce serait un voyou des rues sans la protection de Carmela, son institutrice, et ses sentiments naissants pour sa camarade Yeni...