The Fidel Castro Tapes

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A movie-making threesome hope that Fidel himself will star in their film. The unusual crew consists of former Newfoundland premier Joseph Smallwood, radio and television owner Geoff Stirling and NFB film director Michael Rubbo. What happens while the crew awaits its star shows a good deal of the new Cuba,…
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Cuban Missile Crisis - Three Men Go to War
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Premiering on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missle Crisis, this film focuses on three central figures in the crisis -- President John F. Kennedy, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. On October 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy informed the world that the Soviet Union was…
Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? - An In-Depth Look at the Complex History Between the U.S. & Cuba
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