Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Unfinished Spaces

October 17th, 2012
6:00 PM

Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University

Unfinished Spaces, an award-winning new documentary by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray, will screen at Tulane University. A panel discussion with Unfinished Spaces co-creator Benjamin Murray and local experts in architecture, preservation and Latin American culture will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba’s National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school’s first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant in the prevailing political climate. Forty years later the schools are in use, but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro has invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.

Unfinished Spaces features intimate footage of Fidel Castro, showing his devotion to creating a worldwide showcase for art, and it also documents the struggle and passion of three revolutionary artists.


Directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray
2011 / HD / Color / 16:9 (1.78:1) / 86 min / Stereo


Wendy Redfield, AIA (Moderator), Associate Dean for Academics, Tulane School of Architecture

John H. Stubbs, Senior Professor of Architectural Preservation and Practice and Director of the Master of Preservation Studies Program, Tulane School of Architecture

Ana M. López, Director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Associate Professor in the Communications Department, and Associate Provost, Tulane University