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But at the end of the movie, which I guess one could call a documentary, Stone loosens up, and actually seems to realize that he is in a foreign country, even though the USA has done its utmost to deny Cubans the god-given right to autonomy.
What I learned from watching the video:
Cubans flee Cuba for Florida for strictly economic reasons.
Fidel can walk the streets of Havana (or anywhere else in Cuba) without a million body guards, bullet-proof plexi-glass, and a cordon of navy seals for protection. U.S. politicians can't.
Of course there is no freedom of speech in Cuba. If there were, the revolution would be doomed, as America is waiting for the first sign of weakness in order to pounce.
Access to health services and education in Cuba is pretty much universal. So what if the Cuban people don't have flat screen TV's, mobile phones, and Gucci handbags. You don't need those in order to survive.
Many Cubans love their leader. We just hear about the ones that don't.
Finally, of the utmost significance. Many of the Cubans interviewed in this moview were single fathers. Now, any country that encourages its people to have smaller families is alright by me.
And probably the best part of the movie is at the end, where Castro and Stone are up on a bluff, overlooking Havana harbor and smiling. Castro points and says, "That's where US warships will come in, should we ever let down our guard," or some such thing.Read more ›
I read things all of the time about the terrible Cuba, the tyrant Fidel, and of course the "you don't understand the real" Che Guevara. I have been reading and watching things on Cuba, and the rest of Latin America, and while I knew that we were bad to our neighbors to the south, I did not realize how to blame we are. Fidel is more clear headed than any leader the US has seen...maybe ever. The Founding Fathers had some real thinkers, but recently it has been a CF of ideology based around failed systems of social and political organization. We are doing our best to prove that democracy doesn't work in the US, and we have been trying to unseat Fidel, because he proves that our system is not the best.
Those who represent the people of this country have made multiple attempts on this man's life, because he isn't scared to do what is right for the people of his country. If you read about the Cuban Revolution, it is clear that Fidel and Che did the only thing that they could do to overthrow a regime, which didn't care about the people as a whole, but only a small elite...usually those who were complicit with American exploitation. Say what you will about their tactics, but they tried the election thing before Batista staged his coup. It didn't work, so they had to try another way. The strategy of Fidel and Che during the Revolution are amazing.Read more ›
Admittedly dated but with the rising interest in Cuba given the recent changes in US policy, it is a film very much worth revisiting.
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Its nice to see and hear some truth finally, after growing up in Miami, we were all brainwashed down there to think Fidel was the bad guy, while drugs and crime were being sold by... Read morePublished 9 months ago by James
Very good movie, everyone should watch it to understand CUBA.Published 16 months ago by C.A.J. Photographer
This is a must see, must have video on Cuba, Fidel and Oliver Stone, all real, all live. A modern, documentary very relevant to today's issues (US and Cuba).Published on December 11, 2013 by patricia mcgarry
My students and I have been raving about this documentary and how it allows us to see multiple perspectives on an issue that can be completely one-sided in the United States.Published on December 8, 2013 by Rick Barclay
Great video. Gives you a more personal look at Fidel Castro for those that would like to understand the history of Cuba.Published on September 5, 2013 by Victor Hernandez
As a Cuban this "documentary" is no more than another example of how Hollywood and the international left have downplayed and romanticized this fraudulent, bloody, and destructive... Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by MamboCha.
I just saw this on iTunes. I've always liked Fidel and even more so now. Good for Stone for directing this. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Cseke