Imperfect Cinema and Making Do
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Balaisis offers an important overview of film and media practices in Cuba following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Focusing on large-scale international co-productions as well as regional film collectives and amateur media making, Balaisis traces the aesthetic continuities between contemporary film practices and those of the immediate post-revolutionary period. He shows how material scarcity as well as political uncertainty are expressed aesthetically in films from the period, a characteristic described as imperfect aesthetics. Imperfect Cinema and Making Do concludes with a discussion of the relationship between Cuban film and the public sphere, stressing the role of aesthetics as a site of political and cultural critique amid the political uncertainty of the late socialist period.