Jon Alpert’s documentary ‘Cuba and the Cameraman’ debuted on Netflix and in theaters on Nov. 24. Alpert refers to the film as “basically a museum of the entire evolution of electronic image-gathering.”
The documentary looks at “Cuba over the course of 45 years, from the cautious optimism of the early 1970s to the harrowing 1990s after the fall of the Soviet Union and the 2016 death of Fidel Castro. The focus is on three families and their growth and struggle.
When Alpert first began he used portable technology that was in its infancy and as time went along his equipment evolved along with technology. Alpert used 15 types of cameras and nearly as many editing systems. Alpert said, “When we first went down there with the first generation of black-and-white camcorders, we were placed under boat arrest and were only allowed on shore for about three hours after I nonstop complained and drove the people who were guarding us crazy.”’
‘Cuba and the Cameraman’ first screened at the Venice Film Festival. Alpert felt he was “lucky that Netflix provided the resources to not only do the editing but a lot of restoring as well.”