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I asked myself that question all through this film. Is this a piece of propaganda? I recently returned from Cuba and found the country fascinating, frustrating and full of paradox. There is poverty, but little despair. There is little to buy, but a guaranteed food ration. So I watched this film with one cynical eye, but I found little to criticise. Silly things - Castro's walkabout in Havana for example. I recognise where he went, and he appears to only walk about 50metres. Big deal. He says there are few prostitutes in Cuba..hmm, maybe we unintentionally went to the red light district but we were offered women everwhere. These are minor things. We met people who love Castro, with tatoos of Fidel and Che on their arms. We met people who simple accepted him at best, and were patirently waiting for him to die in the hope of better things. The same as any country and any country's leader.
This film is like Cuba itself, fascinating and frustrating. Stone asks some very interesting questions, but no really difficult ones. No Jeremy Paxman here, but if you listen to the alternative director's commentary (one of the few on DVD actually worth listening to) the interrogative style wasn't Stone's intention - he wants to get to the man, to talk to the human behind the icon that is Castro.
An absoleutly riveting documentary. Regardless of your politics, or what propaganda you've been conciously or unconciously exposed to, this is a great film.
The documentary is immensely interesting due its format. There is Fidel talking about everything from major world issues to viagra, there is the reaction of the people when he goes on walkabouts around Havana, there are the inter-cuts of archive film relating to the issues he is discussing and then there is great Latin American music binding it all together.
Fidel talks a lot of sense about the environment and at times the hypocrisy of the United States. However the film is a missed opportunity because Stone does not tie down Fidel as he should have done over the dictatorship which Fidel manages. Its a real pity because I think Stone could have done so and have still maintained the atmosphere which allowed Fidel to be as honest and relaxed as he was. Just when you wanted another more probing question to be asked, Stone moves onto something else. I have been to Cuba and I have met people who have said to me that there is no freedom in the country and this view was not put forward strongly enough in the film. Also I can see why many Cuban exiles would get pissed off with the overly chummy farewells at the end of the credits. However, despite these criticisms, it is still one of the best documentaries I have seen in years. Shame on America for effectively banning it.
Oliver Stone did a remarkable job in making this movie. He allowed Fidel to speak for himself. The predatory corporations that control America won't like it when people find that the only torturers on Cuba are the US military and their own former stooge Batista. American leadership is sick and likes to demonize a man who has done more for the Cuban people than they could ever imagine doing for the American people. In Cuba the US encouraged prostitution, corruption and the mafia and Fidel has made great strides in cleaning the place up. Cubans live longer and have proper health care for all their people. They also do not spend all their time and money in bombing and killing civilians on all the other continents of the world. The Cubans only went to Africa to rescue people from colonialism and predatory capitalism being carried out by the stooges of Washington from Apartheid South Africa.
Congratulations to Oliver Stone as he has given the Cuban people the opportunity to restore the balance.
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