This exhaustive two-hour documentary records the testimonials of some 30 survivors of Fidel Castro’s prisons. It was directed by Jorge Ulla and Oscar-winning cinematographer (Days of Heaven) Nestor Almendros, renowned for his frequent collaborations with Truffaut and Rohmer. Almendros was born into a loyalist family in Barcelona; his father exiled himself from Franco’s Spain in 1939 and settled in Cuba. Almendros followed, and at first was a supporter of the revolution, then distanced himself from it. In 1984, after he had gained international acclaim as one of his generation’s most gifted cinematographers, he codirected Improper Conduct, an account of the persecution of minorities in Cuba. Nobody Listened is structured in an obliquely chronological narrative. The opening sequence, which shows Ulla phoning Havana, vainly requesting cooperation from the Cuban minister of justice, contains elements of black comedy. What follows is a litany of horrors recounted by workers, farmers, lawyers, schoolteachers, and former comrades of Castro. There is a remarkable interview with Hilda Felipe, who, with her husband Arnaldo Escalona, was one of the founders of Cuba’s old Communist party. These militant Marxists spent years in Castro’s jails. The makers of Nobody Listened never raise their voices; their film is all the more eloquent for their restraint. It’s obviously not objective, but it can, however, be viewed objectively, and listened to sympathetically, without the observer having any truck with Reaganite imperialism.