Cuban director Rebeca Chávez uses archival film and audio material to create a collage of important moments in Fidel Castro’s political life. Fidel Castro ruled Cuba for over five decades, since revolutionary forces toppled the Batista regime in 1959. Officially elected by the Cuban people in 1976, Castro nevertheless had to survive over 600 assassination attempts. The film addresses turning points, such as Castro's redefinition of Cuba’s role after the collapse of the Communist Bloc. This film is part of the series Cuba, Paths to Revolution (Cuba, Caminos de Revolución).
This DVD also includes three rare films as bonus features:
- Condemn Me, It Does Not Matter, about Fidel Castro’s role in the Moncada Assault of July 26, 1963.
- My Brother Fidel: Fidel Castro talks to a 92-year-old man who met Cuba’s national hero, José Martí, when he landed with a small force on the night of April 11, 1895.
- The First Delegate: This film recounts the history of the party, including the founding of the Cuban Revolutionary Party in 1892 and José Martí’s involvement.
(This film is ONLY available for sale on DVD and for research rentals. It may not be rented for a non-commercial public performance screening.)
- Condemn Me, It Does Not Matter, dir. Miguel Torres, 1982, 15 min.
- My Brother Fidel, dir. Santiago Álvarez, 1977, 17 min.
- The First Delegate, dir. Santiago Álvarez, 1975, 26 min.
- Operaciόn mangosta, Interactive special about the Bay of Pigs Invasion