The Death of a Bureaucrat — La Muerte de un burócrata (1966 – Tomás Gutiérrez Alea) see FILMS

The Death of a Bureaucrat (1966) is a difficult-to-find film made by one of Cuba’s most famous Directors, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea. It tells the story of a young man’s attempts to confront bureaucracy and red tape. When a well loved sculptor is accidentally killed by the machine he created to mass-produce busts of nineteenth-century revolutionary hero José Martí, his family decides he should be buried gripping his union work permit (Carnet card) as a symbol of his dedication to Castro’s cause. Unfortunately, when his wife goes to receive her pension, the paperwork cannot be completed without her dead husband’s work permit. Distraught, she enlists her nephew to exhume the body and so begins a maddening paper trail that ends in a hilarious climax exposing the insanity of bureaucracy. A mixture of slapstick comedy and paranoid nightmare. See FILMS