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The eight episodes are meant to be watched in sequence, but not necessarily in one sitting.

The Batista Syndrome, a memory disorder caused by the trauma suffered under the Batista dictatorship, is an eight-episode mini-series composed across the genres of musical, vaudeville, verité, drama, dream and soliloquy that engages Havana in the 1950s. Yes, there are many stories and even motifs across the series, but no single plot. In the tradition of the cabaret stories in their infinite rhetorical variety are perceived as the essence of life, plots, on the other hand, are those things reenacted by cadavers taking a respite from their coffins.

The inspiration of our Cabaret mini-series stretches from Cabrera Infante’s Three Trapped Tiger through Oliver Sacks’s The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat .Yes, we do have the stars to guide us, just no particular destination.

We seek no Golden Fleece in our journey nor fear any Pandora’s Box being opened due to our curiosity, but only wish to share the careless thought of Lewis Carroll’s heroine. She tried to fancy what the flame of a candle is like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.

Director’s Statement: Steve Fagin

I'd rather leave my "director's statement” to Susannah Rodríguez Drissi review in The Los Angeles Review of Books: 

 "...We finish the series with the eerie feeling that we too are specters of the past, visitations into the present slipping through the cracks of some ramshackle building in Centro Habana—perhaps the Rex Duplex—and like the anthropomorphic jukebox, the dreamy ballet dancers, and the human-sized Kissing Bug, we claim our spot in the future while looking back to the past."

  • Year
  • Runtime
    140 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States, Cuba
  • Premiere
  • Director
    Steve Fagin
  • Screenwriter
    Steve Fagin
  • Producer
    Berta Jottar, René Arencibia, Yoelvis Lobaina
  • Executive Producer
    Jeremy Prokosch, Barbara Lee, Willard Morgan
  • Cast
    Carlos Perez Peña, Betiza Bismark, Mariana Valdes, Grisell Monzon, Willard Morgan
  • Cinematographer
    Raul Prado
  • Editor
    Jorge Miguel Quevedo Glez