New Documentary on Cuba Embargo — WWW Exclusive (Excerpt 1 of 4) - WhoWhatWhy

New Documentary on Cuba Embargo — WWW Exclusive (Excerpt 1 of 4)

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Embargo title screen Photo credit: Jeri Rice / Embargo
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On the occasion of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Havana, WhoWhatWhy is pleased to present these exclusive excerpts of a compelling new documentary on the history of Cuban-American relations and the embargo.

The US embargo against Cuba is a testament to the irrational fear the most powerful country on Earth harbors against its tiny neighbor. But how exactly did it come to be?

It may be surprising to some viewers of this documentary that Fidel Castro was not always a villain to Americans. Shortly after seizing power in Cuba, he was even celebrated as a liberator in the streets of New York City.

The first excerpt from this documentary makes the case that Castro might not have turned his country into a communist regime had the United States treated him with more respect and provided him with assistance — as the Soviet Union did.

Instead, the Eisenhower administration pushed him into the arms of the US’s main enemy, which culminated in the Cuban Missile Crisis and CIA plans to kill Castro.

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(9/25/2017 UPDATE):  Due to the filmmaker’s request, the original video WhoWhatWhy posted has now been replaced with a trailer and promo clips below:



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Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Jeri Rice (Embargo)

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6 responses to “New Documentary on Cuba Embargo — WWW Exclusive (Excerpt 1 of 4)”

  1. Avatar What'sMyLine? says:

    Yeah, it was all our doing. Let’s forget that Castro began nationalizing privately owned US assets in Cuba, as well as the many other things that murderous dictators like to do. Sure, Castro and his henchmen were just angels and we are the devil. Yeah, right.

  2. Avatar Jeff Grotke says:

    Time to end the petty and vindictive war on Cuba.

  3. Avatar 0040 says:

    That Batista Cubanos are still polluting US politics is evident in the Cruz and Rubio candidacies. Miami the city cocaine built , thanks Reagan .

    • Avatar didactic1 says:

      Miami is a nice place along the water at sunset; the food’s great too. Too bad it’ll all be an undersea vault in 20 yrs.

    • Avatar 0040 says:

      I took a motorcycle trip to the Florida Keys in The 1980s . We spent 2 sleepless nights in Miami. The incessant gunfire kept us awake and on guard.

    • Avatar didactic1 says:

      Yuk. Sounds like North Miami. Most of the area’s pretty quiet.

    • Avatar Mikronos says:

      You never hear any gunfire in Cuba … but that’s probably because it’s a militarized state, exercising fire discipline (to mask the anti-invasion fortifications) and because Cubans lack ‘the freedom to arm and defend themselves’ – or the need for that.