Ricardo, Miriam y Fidel is the first feature length documentary of the Swiss director Christian Frei. It had his premiere at the Swiss film festival Visions du Réel. The film is a portrait of Miriam Martínez and her father, the Cuban revolutionary Ricardo Martínez. Daughter and father are torn between the desire to emigrate to the United States and the faith in the revolutionary ideas.
The film talks about two individuals and their destiny baseball socks wholesale. It shows the loss of utopia and the struggle of ideologies in Cuba: Ricardo Martínez is a former rebel of Fidel Castro. Together with Che Guevara he has founded the Pirate radio Radio Rebelde that became the main revolutionary voice of Cuba glass water storage bottles. The younger Cuban generation listens to Radio y Televisión Martí that broadcasts from Miami, Florida. Miriam represents this younger generation. By comparing this to radio stations how to tenderize steak quickly, the film is as well about media history.
The Swiss journal Der Bund has emphasized the overall impact of the film:
Christian Frei set out with his camera to explore the current situation in Cuba, the result being a documentary that is sustained by powerful images, that testifies to technical skill, a professional way of dealing with the material and, most importantly, a carefully deduced and clear message: the two protagonists, Ricardo and Miriam, reflect the tension between a revolution that has already turned into history and the present that in fact seems to be taking place elsewhere.
The Swiss film critic Norbert Creutz has estimated the objectivity and the formal quality of the film:
In keeping his distance and seeking greater objectivity, Frei highlights contradictions and paradoxes while being careful to avoid taking sides. He plays his cards slowly, showing great empathy towards everyone he interviews, examining things critically without ever making a judgment. In the end, he leaves the viewer to struggle with the issues he has raised. All this is done with an attention to story telling and aesthetics (from the quality of the photography to the sparing use of music) which reinforces the overall impact of the film.
The film had a positive reception as well in the Hispanic society:
A moving documentary that delves into an older generation’s commitment to its country and revolutionary ideals, and a younger generation’s search for a new life in the United States – and the disenchantment both encounter.
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