On a Cuban sugar plantation in the 1790s, a count casts himself as Jesus Christ to re-enact the Catholic holy week with twelve of the men he is enslaving, until, on Good Friday, the enslaved people on the plantation revolt. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s masterpiece was part of the new Latin American Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, actively engaging the viewer in a process of democratic critique.
Content Warning: drama, violence & gore, cruelty, torture, frightening and intense scenes, sensitive subject, racial slur, PG 18+
The film was screened via a virtual event on January 18 and was followed by a community discussion facilitated by Professor Robert Carson
Robert Carson is Assistant Professor of English in the Liberal Arts Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The American Interest, and The Journal of the Gilded and Progressive Era. He is currently working on a book on political commitment in 20th-century British and post-colonial fiction.