Co-founder of Australia’s legendary Wogs Out of Work stage show, Simon Palomares knows comedy. In Latigo, he turns his attention as a documentary filmmaker to the comedy scene in Cuba. Palomares uncovers a vibrant, energetic history that proves humour truly is an international language and the Cuban way of dealing with decades of hardship.
These comedians tread a fine line between their craft and insult to the institutions around them. How has a country that has effectively been cut off from most of the world for over six decades nurtured such a rich comedy scene? This is the question that takes Palomares to the heart of what Cubans find funny. In doing so, he reveals fascinating insight into both Cuba itself and how people use comedy to deal with the challenges of their daily lives. There are truly astounding stories of poverty and survival endured by Palomares’ subjects that make their chosen career path extraordinary.
Interviewing a range of comedians – some of whom have been performing for almost forty years – Palomares examines how humour can be a powerful tool for political commentary, exploring the impact of media technologies such as television and the internet.
Featuring Andrea Doimeadiós, Omar Franco, Irela Bravo and many others, Latigo is a window into a hilarious and fascinating world. The comedic sketches that generously sprinkle the film are fast paced and you’ll need to follow the subtitles quickly.
Latigo is screening now as part of the 2021 Moro Spanish Film Festival at Palace James Street and Palace Barracks. Check your local guides for screening times.
WINNER: Best Documentary, Hollywood Hills Film Awards 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION: European Independent Film Award 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Great Lakes International Film Festival 2019
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Length: 63 mins
Director: Simon Palomares