Estela Bravo’s documentary offers an affectionate, in-depth portrait of the enduring world leader who stood up to the U.S.
¡Salud, 93 minutes, produced and directed by Academy Award nominee Connie Field (The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter; Freedom on My Mind) and co-produced by Gail Reed.
A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all, ¡Salud!looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems.’ From the shores of Africa to the Americas, !Salud!hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba — now numbering 30,000, including nearly 100 from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health—and the complex realities confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone’s birth right.
SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE
A Eureka Films production : the Cuban Health system. Produced & directed by Tom Fawthrop
One of many things Cuba can be unequivocally proud, is its health system. Enviable life expectancy, infant mortality statistics, innovative approaches towards conventional medicine, alternative therapies and primary healthcare speak for themselves. But the small island’s impact on world health is a more extraordinary and little told story. This is globalization with a radical difference. Currently some 30,000 Cuban doctors are providing high-quality care in over 70, mainly poor, countries. On the island itself, medical training is provided for would-be doctors from abroad, including, many from the US. Thoroughly researched with heart-warming personal accounts, Tom Fawthrop’s “Swimming Against the Tide” is an inspiration; a timely reminder of what public health is meant to be.
WITH OR WITHOUT FIDEL
Featuring Cuba’s leading politicians and intellectuals debating the future of the Island’s 50 year-old revolution. Capturing the mood and sentiments of Cubans from all layers of society. Featuring Ricardo Alarcon, President of the National Assembly; Abel Prieto, Minister of Culture; Mariela Castro, daughter of Raul Castro; Fernando Martinez Heredia, founder member of the Cuban Communist Party; Pablo Armando Fernandez, the island’s prominent writer; and others.
CHE GUEVARA : WHERE YOU’D NEVER IMAGINE HIM
Using archival film and photo materials, Cuban director Manuel Pérez paints a personal portrait of Che Guevara, the legend and symbol of revolution. Che Guevara was only 39 years old when he was executed in Bolivia in 1967. This film tells the story of Che’s short life: his childhood in Argentina, his early interest in the Spanish Civil War, the motorcycle trip through Latin America the changed his life forever. Raúl Castro and other friends remember Che’s first encounter with Fidel Castro in Mexico in 1955, as well as his involvement in the Cuban revolution and rumors of his disappearance in 1965. This film is part of the series “Cuba, Path to Revolution”.
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES
This film recounts the 1952 journey, initially by motorcycle, across South America by young Ernesto “Fuser” Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado. As the adventure centered around youthful hedonism unfolds, Guevara discovers himself transformed by his observations on the life of the impoverished indigenous peasantry. Venturing across mountains, deserts, and down rivers, the pair encounter and are forever changed by witnessing the social injustices of exploit- ed mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracized lepers, and the tattered descendants of a great civilization.
PHILIP AGEE, CUBA AND THE CIA
Directed by Bernie Dwyer & Roberto Luiz Rebo. Ex-CIA agent Philip Agee recounts his time with an organisation that has played every dirty trick in the book to try and topple left-wing regimes in Latin America that are seen to threaten the US national interest.
THE TRIAL: THE UNTOLD STORY
The Trial:The untold story of the Cuban Five”, 56 Minutes documentary film. English language version. Produced by the Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC) in association with Telesur. Narrated by Danny Glover.
POSSADA CARRILES: TERRORISM MADE IN THE USA
A 90 minutes video produced by renowned Venezuelan filmmaker Angel Palacios that documents the terrorist path of Posada Carriles and his longstanding relation with the CIA, dating back to the 1960’s.
WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP
It chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations by telling the story of the Cuban five, intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences. The film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage at first backed then ignored by the very government that launched a war against terrorism. In the film, viewers see leading terrorists, now in their 80s, recounting their deeds, and Cuban state security officials explaining why they infiltrated agents into violent Miami exile groups. The film, featuring Danny Glover and 84 year old Fidel Castro in key scenes, raises and tries to answer the question: what did Cuba do to deserve such hostile treatment? It traces key events from the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis, through multiple assassination attempts on Fidel Castro s life. This documentary reveals a story of violence that also echoed on the streets of Washington DC, New York and especially Miami where Cuban American critics of the bombers and shooters also wound up dead.
MISSION AGAINST TERROR
A 48-minute documentary, which shows the 45-year history of terrorism against Cuba, and tells the story of the five men known as “the Five” whose mission was to help put an end to that terror. There’s no better film to introduce audiences to the case of the Five than Mission Against Terror.
By Ignacio Ramonet
In February, 2002, Ramonet, the editor of French monthly Le Monde diplomatique, began a two-year conversation with the controversial Cuban head of state, a collaboration that resulted in this Q&A-style, Castro-approved look into the revolutionary leader’s life, from boyhood through his half-century in power. Ramonet proves a worthy interviewer, well prepared to tackle the famed Communist revolutionary’s legacy, and while many of Castro’s answers are predictably self-serving-“I’ve fought adamantly against any manifestation of the cult of personality”-the bombastic leader’s views on political figures and world events are genuinely thoughtful, and at times fascinating. High points include accounts of his relationship with Khrushchev during the Cuban missile crisis, backed up by excerpts from letters they exchanged; his advice for Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez during a 2002 coup attempt; and his sincere, positive assessment of American President Jimmy Carter. Though readers may find it hard to take this authorized life story at face value, Castro’s first attempt to tell his complete story provides an engaging perspective on the man and the world he helped shape.
CUBA: A REVOLUTION IN MOTION
By Isaac Saney
This accessible, up-to-date and comprehensive introduction to Cuba today provides both students and general readers with a sense of the changes–and continuities–in Cuba through the 1990s. It starts with the crisis the country faced following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of its support to Cuba. Isaac Saney describes the economic crash, new policies and subsequent recovery during the ‘Special Period.’ He addresses the renewed pressures… (more info.)
By Shirley Langer
This book is a work of historical fiction, a book for all ages. The setting for the story is Cuba, 1961. One quarter of Cuba’s six million people are illiterate; one million adults and half a million school-age children. Cuba’s new government, led by Fidel Castro, is determined to give these illiterate people and the country a different future. But how? A national literacy campaign is planned and Cuban youth of all ages are called upon to volunteer as literacy teachers prepared to go wherever needed to live with or near the learners for months on end. The protagonist Anita, a 14-year-old girl, is one of the more than 100,000 young people who volunteer. Many, including Anita, endure primitive conditions, great challenges, and even dangers while on their assignments. Although thousands of adults were also literacy volunteers, young people were the core and heart of the campaign. On December 22, 1961 Cuba raised a flag in Havana’s gigantic civic square proclaiming Cuba: Territory Free From Illiteracy. (more info.)
CUBA AND ITS NEIGHBOURS: DEMOCRACY IN MOTION
By Arnold August
“This book, a tour de force from an expert who clearly knows his field well, is one that goes out of its way to make us think about what we understand by ‘democracy’ and how we should view new manifestations in the ‘Third World.’ ”- Antoni Kapcia, University of Nottingham. ”A must-read for anybody seriously interested in Cuba and in the overall question of democracy and its practices.” – Claudia Kaiser-Lenoir, Tufts University ”A trailblazing… (more info.)
VOICES FROM THE OTHER SIDE: AN ORAL HISTORY OF TERRORISM AGAINST CUBA
By Keith Bolender
What Lies Across the Water recounts the events leading up to the arrest of the Cuban Five, five Since the early 1960s, no other country has endured more acts of terrorism against civilian targets than Cuba, and the US has had its hand in much of it. This book gives a voice to the victims. Keith Bolender brings to bear the enormous impact that terrorism has had on Cuba’s civilian population, with over 800 documented incidents resulting in more than 3,000 deaths and 2,000 injuries. It is Bolender’s aim to articulate the atrocities the Cuban people have suffered — which largely originate from Cuban counter-revolutionaries based in the US, often with the active help of the CIA. Voices From The Other Side includes first-person interviews with more than 75 Cuban citizens who have been victims of these terrorist acts, or have had family members or close friends die from the attacks. It is a unique resource for activists, journalists and students interested in Cuba’s torrid relationship with the US.
WHAT LIES ACROSS THE WATER: THE REAL STORY OF THE CUBAN FIVE
By Stephen Kimber. Introduction by Noam Chomsky
What Lies Across the Water recounts the events leading up to the arrest of the Cuban Five, five Cuban anti-terrorism agents wrongfully arrested and convicted of “conspiracy to commit” espionage against the United States. In response to decades of deadly attacks by Miami-based, anti-Cuban terrorist organizations, Cuba dispatched five agents — Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González — to Florida to infiltrate and report on the activities of these terrorist groups. Cuba even passed on information their agents learned about illegal activities to the FBI. But, instead of arresting the terrorists, the FBI arrested the Cuban Five on September 12, 1998. The five men would be illegally held in solitary confinement for seventeen months and sentenced to four life sentences in 2001. The terrorists these five men tried to stop remain free to this day. In light of America’s supposed post-9/11 zero tolerance policy toward countries harbouring terrorists, the story of the Cuban Five illustrates the injustice and hypocrisy of this case: why were these men who tried to prevent terrorist attacks against Cuba charged with espionage against the U.S? And why does the U.S. continue to protect and harbour known terrorists?