Lisa Quintela
November 16, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

It’s no shocker that this drama, I Am Cuba, portraying four tragic sequences leading up to Castro’s 1959 revolution — is jammed with socialist, anti-American propaganda. Viewed today, the Cuban-Soviet collaboration seems bitterly ironic, as promises of prosperity and freedom have since been dashed. Political pedagogy aside, there’s a reason why, in a bonus feature, Martin Scorsese says this overlooked gem got him ”excited about filmmaking.” Handheld cameras glide into grandiose long takes that raise the question, how’d they do it? EXTRAS Mini-docs help solve the mystery. A-

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