Odd People Out

2004 | Activism / Arts & Literature / Biography/History / Censorship / Documentary / Human Rights / Immigration/Exile / Latino/a / Race and Culture / Social Issues | 54m | Spain
Directors: Manuel Zayas

The award-winning feature-length documentary Odd People Out examines the process of marginalization, repression and denial of the gay community during the first two decades of the Cuban Revolution, through the eyes and voice of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas. A counterpoint to the fictional Before Night Falls, Odd People Out constructs a kaleidoscopic depiction of Reinaldo’s life and of the Cuban gay community before and after the revolution. A unique testimony of a unique time and a unique artist, it combines rare archival material with early-aughts footage clandestinely shot in Cuba.

Reviews and Awards

City of Madrid Award, Best Spanish Short Documentary, Documenta Madrid, Spain

Honorable Mention, LaCinemaFe, New York

Union Latina-Festival de Biarritz Award, Best Documentary, Festival de Biarritz, France

Best Spanish Documentary, Madrid Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Lesgaicinemad, Spain

Best Spanish Filmmaker, Madrid Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Lesgaicinemad, Spain

Best Documentary, Torino Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Italy

Best LGBT Film, San Francisco Bay Area Latino Film Festival

“A deeply moving, orgiastic examination of the contours of memory and a country held under the spell of an Orwellian form of mind control.”—Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

“Clandestinely shot in Cuba, Odd People Out scores stunning interviews with colleagues, friends, and relatives of dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas, author of ‘Before Night Falls.’”—The Village Voice

Seres Extravagantes expands knowledge about the complex reality that produced one of Cuba’s most celebrated writers.”—Holly Ackerman, Librarian for Latin American and Iberia, Duke University, for EMRO (Educational Media Reviews Online)