Introduction: Screening the Repeating Island



The Introduction establishes a conceptual framework, covering Chaos theory, Antonio Benitez-Rojo’s metaphor of the ‘repeating island,’ Fernando Ortiz’s distinction between ‘cubanidad’ and ‘cubanía’, and the psychoanalytical notion of the ‘screen’ that both conceals and projects content. It presents a corpus of films made outside (‘independently’), within, and with the national film institute (ICAIC), organises them according to key figures—the monster, the child, the historical icon, and the recluse—, and situates them in relation to the history of Cuban film, the Revolution, and the economic and political crisis known as the Special Period in Times of Peace. It thus outlines the overarching thesis of the book: 21st-century Cuban cinema attests to the continued relevance of national identity understood not as an essence but as an anxious dynamic of differential repetition.


Cuban Film Differential Repetition Historical Icons Cuban Culture Cuban National Identity 
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