Motherland or Death / Patria o Muerte

What does a person imagine when they hear about Cuba? Especially those who have never been to this sea-locked state in the Caribbean basin. They probably think of cabriolets driven by glowing fair-haired men in colorful shirts, drinking cocktails and dancing with mulatto ladies, the endless ocean reflected in their eyes. In reality there only exists the endless ocean that cuts the island from the rest of the world. It is hard to find any other country where the discrepancy between its image and reality is as huge as on Cuba.
For more than 50 years the state has been following the battle-cry of the winning revolution – “Patria o Muerte”. For more than 50 years the battle-cry has been a daily dilemma for several Cuban generations.
This movie is about people who were born before the revolution and now are coming closer to the end of their lives when it becomes clear that for them “Motherland” equals “Death”.



Country of Production

Year of Production

HDCam, Digi Beta Pal

99 min

Vitaly Mansky

Genfilm in co-production with Vertov. Real Cinema

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

Kinotavr FF Sochi 2011 (Diploma of the Guild of film critics and film scholars)
Rome IFF 2011
IDFA 2011
Miami IFF 2012
Thessaloniki IDF 2012
One World HRFF Bucharest 2012
Krakow IFF 2012 (Award of the Student Jury in the Int. Documentary Competition)
Trinidad & Tobago FF 2012
One World HRFF Prague 2013
One World HRFF Brussels 2013
Yamagata IDF 2013