Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up
November 21, 2011 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
A billboard in Cuba which reads, “What barbarians. They have liberated a terrorist”.
Documentarian Saul Landau (Fidel, Brazil: A Report on Torture, The Sixth Sun: Mayan Uprising in Chiapas) takes an in-depth look at Miami-Havana politics. The film dissects this still-contentious relationship by examining the “Cuban Five,” sent by Castro to infiltrate right-wing terrorist organizations in Miami in the ’90s.
We know a little of their story. After infiltrating the Cuban-American terrorists ranks in Florida, they accumulated information about planned terrorist activities against Cuba. Alarmed at what they learned, they informed their government in Havana. That government, itself now alarmed, confided in the FBI, hoping that that law enforcement organization would act on the evidence thus accumulated and break up the terrorists ranks in Florida. When the evidence of terrorism and assassination was turned over to the the FBI, the Cuban agents were arrested–a move that allowed the anti-Castro terrorists to walk free.
Afterward they were tried in a Miami Court—like trying an Israeli spy apprehended in Iran in a Tehran court. Surprise, surprise, the Cuban Five were not only convicted, twelve years later they are still rotting in U.S. federal prison with the “worst” of them having been awarded two life sentences-plus. By explicating this little-known chapter in political history, Landau points out how Cubans and Cuban-Americans have been pitted against one another in the US government’s 50-plus-year battle to destroy Communism in the Western hemisphere.
65 minutes. Introduced by Doug Igelsrud from Pastors for Peace.
$5 Suggested Donation
To view the film trailer visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFra1GuBTzo