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Cuba

Chapucerias

This documentary presents a constructive criticism of what the filmmaker sees as a lack of a work ethic and pride in work in socialist Cuba. It presents a variety of situations in which sloppiness detracts from the Cuban quality of life and satirically comments on bad work habits. In Spanish. 1986. 11 min.

Classic Fidel Castro Newsreels

This compilation of newsreel footage opens with a young Fidel Castro as he assumes power of Cuba in January of 1959 and continues on through the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Rally for Castro: One million roar 'Si!' to Cuban executions (1/22/59) -- Castro 'resigns': mass demonstrations show his power secure (7/20/59) -- Havana rally: peasants mass to support Castro (7/27/59) -- Ike at U.N. proposes new world disarmament program (9/22/60) -- History at U.N: World leaders set New York a-whirl (9/26/60) -- Invasion scare: Castro masses troops, claims U.S.

Comandante

From 3 days filming in Cuba, Oliver Stone edited down interviews and conversations to provide a candid and direct portrait of Fidel Castro who touches on issues such as his rise to power, the present state of the country, the Cuban missile crisis, the Bay of Pigs, the U.S. embargo, and the equally iconic Che Guevara. Special features: Commentary from director Oliver Stone ; Comandante press conference at the Edinbugh Festival ; trailers. Directed by Oliver Stone. 2003. 95 min.

Crossing Borders: a Cuban Returns

Tells the story of Dr. Magaly Lavendez, a professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, who was forced as a child to leave Cuba in 1962 and grew up in the U.S., but with a distinct Cuban identity. Here she returns in 1998 to her childhood neighborhood in Havana and reunites with relatives and old acquaintances in an attempt to resolve the lifelong crisis of her true cultural identity. [1998?] 49 min.

Cuba (Human Rights and Cuba)

First segment: Interview with U.S. Sec. of State Peter Tarnoff and Edgardo Valdes, a representative of the Cuban Government at the U.N., on the nature of the changing U.S.-Cuban relations, and its impact on human rights. Second segment: Filmmaker Jon Alpert reports from Cuba on the state of Cuba and Cuban-American relations from the vantage point of ordinary Cubans. Third segment: Interview with two Cuban-Americans, Frank Calzon of Freedom House and Sam Farber, writer for the Campaign for Peace & Democracy about their opposing positions on the U.S. embargo of Cuba.

Cuba and Cocaine.

Documents narcotics smuggling in and through Cuba; examines Cuban government officials' involvement in drug trade. Written, produced, and directed by Stephanie Tepper, William Cran. 1991. 58 min
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Cuba and Fidel.

A documentary on Fidel Castro and Cuba. Shows some changes which have taken place since relations were severed with the United States and points out areas which have not changed. Castro, in interviews, expresses himself on Cuba's revolution, social systems, freedom, and relations with the United States. 1983. 24 min.

Cuba and U.S. Strategy.

Is it time to rethink U.S. strategy towards Cuba? Cuba is a relic, a communist outpost in the Western hemisphere which has outlasted eight American presidents. Castro has vowed, despite the fall of communism elsewhere, to maintain communism in Cuba and has named his brother as his successor. Eusebio Mujal-Leon of Georgetown University and John Hamilton, Dept. Asst. Sec. of State for Central America discuss how the U.S. can effectively advance our interests in relation to Cuba. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1998. 26 min.

Cuba at a Crossroads. Three part series. Produced, written and directed by Glenn Gebhard. Dist. <a href="http://www.cinemaguild.com/">Cinema Guild</a>. 1996.

A View from Havana and the Bay of Pigs. An American filmmaker visits Cuba and interviews Cubans concerning their experiences and perceptions of their country. 28 min. A View from Havana. An examination of the city and people of Havana, Cuba through interviews by an American filmmaker with residents of the city. 28 min. The Roots of the Revolution. An American filmmaker travels throughout Cuba examining the current social and economic realities experienced by the average citizen of Cuba. Includes reminiscences of Cubans about their personal experiences during the revolution. 35 min.

Cuba si

A controversial chronicle of the evolution of the Cuban Revolution, including two interviews with Fidel Castro. Divided into two parts, the first segment shows the filmmaker Chris Marker as a tourist-like figure who is traveling through Cuba experiencing everyday life; the second part presents an unedited look at Cuban president Fidel Castro, providing him with an opportunity to present an unbiased depiction of himself to the Western World. In a post-script Marker celebrates the defeat of the U.S.-backed invaders by Cuban forces at the Bay of Pigs. A film by Chris Marker. 1961. 52 min.

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