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Cuba, an African Odyssey
Directed by Jihan El-Tahri

"From Che Guevara's military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. CUBA, AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY is the previously untold story of Cuba's support for African revolutions, one of the Cold War's most vigorous contests over resources and ideology."

Co-production of Temps Noir and ITVS International
-- www.itvs.org/shows/ataglance.php?showID=7634

When sending their black troops to join Che in the Congo, the Cubans organized them in groups of 5, supplying them with cheap western suits. At the airport in Tanzania, one group of 5 was waiting for their plane. A diplomat had just finished seeing off his own set of people and spotted them, rushed over to greet them: "Are you with Orchestra Aragon?" he asked...

"This revealing French documentary adds to our understanding of the Cold War through its least-known context--Africa. From 1961 to 1991 the Dark Continent was a battleground for four competing interests. The Soviet Union wanted to extend its influence into a new continent; the USA lusted after Africa's natural resources; former European empires felt their grip on the area weaken; and newly formed African nations fought to defend their recently won independence. When the latter called on Cuban guerillas to aid in their struggle Fidel Castro stepped in to build a new offensive strategy which would have long-lasting influence on developing countries in their battles against colonialism. From Che Guevara's efforts in the Congo to the triumphant battle at Cuito Cuanavale Cuba: Une Odyssee Africaine tells the story of those internationalists. System Requirements:Running Time: 190 minutes Language: French / English / German / Spanish / Portuguese Subtitles: English Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: FOREIGN/FRENCH UPC: 736899116323 Manufacturer No: DV96127 " -- from Amazon.com

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Pan African Film Fest features Cuba, an African Odyssey
www.paff.org/filmfest/2014-films/cuba-an-african-odyssey/

Jihan El-Tahri was born in Beirut, Lebanon and is an award-winning writer/director and producer. She received her MA in political science from the American University in Cairo. From 1984 to 1990, she worked as a news correspondent covering politics in the Middle East with U.S. News and World Report and Reuters. She has produced and directed numerous documentaries, her most recent being the award winning and Emmy-nominated House of Saud (BBC/ARTE/PBS/NHK). Other films include: the ARTE documentary Price of Aid, The Tragedy of the Great Lakes (Canal +/ ARTE) and the six-part series Israel and the Arabs (BBC 2), for which she also co-authored the accompanying book, published by Penguin.

http://www.itvs.org/international/filmmakers/cuba.html
About the filmmakers -- Jihan El-Tahri, Director/Producer, and Tancrède Ramonet, Producer

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