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Yank Tanks
Year:  2002
Running Time:  70 minutes
Country:  Cuba/USA
Genre:  Documentary
Director:  David Schendel

Description:
  [Screening @ the Tiburon Film Society]

Yank Tanks is a first look at the phenomenon of classic American cars in Cuba. Like an exotic, endangered species, these colorful cars roam around this island paradise trapped in a 1950’s time warp. As beacons of individuality in a sea of government conformity they represent freedom for those who own them. Owners who will do almost anything to keep them running. Seeing these old cars in recent films and photographs one wonders how they have maintained them after decades with no spare parts and an embargo by the United States.

After repeated trips to Cuba, the Schendel brothers succeed in taking a close look into the underground world of Cuban cars, finding along the way a gallery of eccentric characters - the curators of the largest, living, automobile museum in the world.

Awards:

- Best Documentary - Palm Springs Hispanic Film Festival
- Audience Award - Documentary - Cinequest Film Festival
- Best Documentary - Los Angeles Latino Int'l Film Festival

Reviews:

"'Yank Tanks' has an exotic/nostalgic appeal." -- Variety
"This baby is custom built for ancillary speed." -- Hollywood Reporter
"A splendid documentary…delightful yet poignant" - Los Angeles Times

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