Sunday, October 30, 2011, 7 pm Centre for Socialist Education, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver
Directed by Saul Landau, Cuba/USA, 2011, 82 minutes
Saul Landau has produced more than 40 films in his career, most concerned with human rights. Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up documents 50 years in which CIA-backed Cuban exiles have tried to overthrow Cuba’s socialist government, killing over 3,000 in their campaign of terror. In the 1990s, Florida-based exiles began bombing Cuban tourist sites, aiming to damage a vital piece of its economy. In one such bombing, an Italian tourist was killed. When the FBI refused to deter or capture the bombers (who worked out of Miami), Cuba sent agents to infiltrate and report on these criminals. Predictably, the FBI, having ignored the bombers, arrested the five Cubans, who were given draconian sentences after a deeply flawed trial in Miami. Landau’s film features interviews with Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban Five who is serving a life sentence, as well as the so-called “freedom fighters” who proudly acknowledge committing acts of terrorism in Cuba. Even Fidel Castro appears in the film. Shot by the great Haskell Wexler, the film is as good looking as it is intelligent and enlightening.
Left Film Nights are presented by the Centre for Socialist Education, Young Communist League, and the Vancouver East and Montivero Clubs of the Communist Party of Canada. Admission free, donations welcome. On this occasion, part of the proceeds will go towards Cuba solidarity campaigns. Coffee and refreshments available. Call 604-255-2041 or email for further information.