The MPI-supported feature documentary Los Últimos Frikisis now available to watch on Topic, First Look Media’s streaming service, accessible on your favorite platforms including Apple TV, Amazon Prime, and Roku. In a complimentary review published this morning the New York Times called the film “more than your average documentary.”
From MPI filmmaker Nicholas Brennan, Los Últimos Frikis is about communist Cuba’s legendary heavy metal band Zeus—the most popular rock stars you’ve never heard of. The film follows the band’s frontman Diony Arce over ten years as he struggles to express himself inside this closed society. Battling against the country’s Agency of Rock and the restrictions of its socialist model, Diony and his band of metalheads fight to realize their dreams of stardom despite the limitations thrown in their way.
The Times’ review praises Brennan’s “fancy footwork” in documenting the band’s rebellion over several years while the relationship between the US and Cuba evolved noting, “Zeus formed in the 1980s when rockers like Arce were persecuted as dissenters supporting a capitalist musical form…the film’s enduring hook is the spectacle of a self-proclaimed revolutionary government that can’t abide the rebellion of rock without bureaucratic oversight.”