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In 1959, Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba. He has been one of the most controversial figures in the world ever since. This is the story of the Cuban dictator's turbulent career, told in part through media reports, rare images and recordings.
Luchando! Cuba's Struggle to Survive
This film was shot in Cuba in 1994. The opportunity came when Russel Porter, an Australian documentary filmmaker, was invited to teach at the international film and television school (EICTV) located some forty kilometers from Havana. He took the opportunity to make a film about life in Cuba today. He…
Excess of Sexual Tourism
In Cuba, Santo Domingo, and Cambodia, sexual tourism has become a booming industry. Men, women, and children prostitute themselves to survive in an economically ravaged country. A mostly Western male and female clientele, aficionados of exotic sex and even pedophiles use and abuse their financial superiority to satisy their basest…
Waiting for Fidel
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,…
Balseros - Cuban Rafters
In the summer of 1994, a team of public television reporters filmed and interviewed seven Cubans a few days before their risky venture of setting out to sea in homemade rafts to reach the coast of the United States. Six made it far enough to be picked up at sea…
The Chilean Building - Children Growing Up in a Commune
This remarkable film tells a story never before documented: While their parents battled the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, a group of children were raised, first in Europe and then in Cuba, safely and communally. The 20 adults who supervised Project Home saw over sixty children through to adulthood, children whose…
Icons Of Our Time: Che Guevara
Part of the Series: Icons Of Our Time
Che Guevara, the archetypal Marxist revolutionary. Che was also a physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. We go to Dublin to meet Jim Fitzpatrick who met Che and designed the classic commercially renowned image.
Elian - An Update on the Story of Elián González
The world thought it knew Elian Gonzalez's story: The 5-year-old boy who washed up on the Florida coast after a deadly crossing from Cuba who became the center of an extraordinary, never-before-experienced media firestorm and international custody battle, pitting family members against each other and testing political policy at a…
Havana Motor Club - Havana's Underground Drag Racing Community
A film documenting Havana's vibrant community of underground drag racers and their quest to hold Cuba's first official car race since shortly after the 1959 Revolution. HAVANA MOTOR CLUB tackles how Cuba's recent reforms have affected the lives of these racers and their families. One racer enlists the help of…
Fidel - The Life and Leadership of Fidel Castro
In May 1968, just nine years after the Cuban Revolution, filmmaker Saul Landau was invited to join Fidel Castro in Cuba for an unprecedented in-depth interview. Over the course of a week, Landau and Castro traveled through the island's mountainous terrain through a variety of settings, from military camps to…
The Travel Agent
From her tiny office overlooking the U.S. Interests Section, 58-year old Lourdes counsels thousands of Cubans seeking a U.S. travel visa. She coaches them on answering tricky questions, and fine-tuning their stories so they have a better chance of succeeding. Despite helping others to travel, she has never been able…
Ernesto 'Che' Guevara: The Bolivian Diary
Over 40 years ago, on October 9, 1967, Ernesto Che Guevara was executed by the Bolivian army, aided by the CIA. Guevara's diary, a detailed, personal account of his futile 11-month attempt to foment revolution in Bolivia, is the basis of this moving portrait.