FIRST LOOK documents the first ever U.S. exhibit of post-revolutionary Cuba's art, introducing the work of Eduardo "Choca" Roca and Nelson Dominguez and several of their compatriots, as they visit San Francisco and New York, and meet such well know American artists as James Rosenquist and Alice Neel.
Through interviews with Roca, Domiguez and other artists, including the late Wilfredo Lam, the film surveys the exciting diversity of contemporary Cuban art and presents a picture of lively experimentation and diverse efforts to define an authentic Cuban visual style.
FIRST LOOK provides a fascinating examination of a previously unseen dimension of Latin American culture, as well as a subtle exploration of the complex relationships between art and society.
"Great variety and a high level of creativity."—Library Journal
Best Cultural Film, 1984 Festival of New Latin American Cinema
"Perhaps the most interesting documentary in the [Asian American International Film Festival] is Kavery Dutta's FIRST LOOK. Dutta spends most of the film's 60 minutes examining the milieu of two visiting artists... and their peers, most of whom grew up in the aftermath of the Cuban revolution. [She], as much as possible, avoids obvious partisanship; clearly, however, her sympathies lie with the artists. And I don't Blame Her."—Luis H. Francia, Village Voice