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It's hard to imagine that only a few months after the Cuban Revolution the new government would have any interest in film production. As it turns out, the new regime believed the medium was the best way to educate and inspire population. In 1959, Cuba's new founding fathers quickly formed the ICAIC, or the Instituto Cubano del Arte y la Industria Cinematográficos (The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry) with a mission of converting the island nation from a movie consumer to a movie producer.

The Danish Film Institute has collected a range of posters surveying fifty years of Cuba's film industry.

Historical context aside, we like these posters by distinctive artists such as Niko, Dimas, and Bachs for their bold illustrations, simplicity of design, and deep color palettes. Not to mention the gorgeous typography. To see more, head over to the Danish Institute of Film's Flickr page.

Danish Film Institute