Doc About Cuban Art School Named Among Best of the Decade by 'Architectural Digest '


The renowned magazine Architectural Digest published a list of the ten essential films from the past decade dealing with architecture, design, and urban planning as selected by the publication's editors, which includes the documentary Unfinished Spaces (2011) by filmmakers Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray.

The documentary tells the story of Cuba's National Art Schools which were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in Havana in 1961. According to the magazine, "the documentary examines the schools’ creation and decay, offering a revealing portrait of architecture in post-revolution Cuba. Most poignantly, the filmmakers chronicle the efforts of the schools’ architects—Roberto Gottardi, Ricardo Porro, and Vittorio Garatti, all now in their 80s—to restore and complete the campus after years of neglect and criticism.

The film was ranked number seven among the list which also includes Nathaniel Kahn's My Architect: A Son Journey (2003) and Sidney Pollack's Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005).

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