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 #2558 Castro and the Cuban Revolution
 #2599 Fidel Castro
 #6124 Cuba: Holding Back the Tide(+$10)
 #36166 Unfinished Country: Haiti's Struggle for Democracy(+$40)
 #37632 Victory Is Your Duty: Boxing as a Policy Tool in Cuba(+$40)
 #6290 Improper Conduct: Castro's Cuba(+$60)
 #10016 Fidel Castro: Maximum Leader(+$60)
 #29133 Jose Marti and Cuba Libre(+$60)
 #33620 Haiti: Land of Tragedy, Land of Hope(+$60)

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#2558 Cuba & The Caribbean - Castro and the Cuban Revolution (Run time 17 min.) DVD $89.95

This program tracks the Cuban Revolution from its roots in the dictatorship of Batista, the guerilla war under the leadership of Castro and Che Guevara, their triumph-and then the switch in economic policy which turned the U.S. into an enemy. The program follows the subsequent changes in policy which turned a "good" revolution into a totalitarian one, and Cuba from a client state of the United States into a client of the Soviet Union, which resulted in the missile confrontation with the U.S. in 1962 and the Bay of Pigs, and left Cuba-unable to export sugar to the U.S.-to export revolution around the world. (17 minutes)

#2599 Cuba & The Caribbean - Fidel Castro (Run time 22 min.) DVD $89.95

After Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, Cuba was transformed from American satellite to Soviet client-and, as the Soviet sphere of influence shrank, Cuba started on the way to being transformed into a stand-alone source of bad news 90 miles off the coast of Florida. This program documents Castro's direction of the overthrow of Batista; his accession to power; the Bay of Pigs attack; Che Guevara's role; changes in the Cuban economy; the continuing United States presence at Guantanamo; the Cuban presence in Angola; the exodus of Cuban refugees to the United States. The program raises but does not answer the questions of whether the Cuban people are better off now than before Castro, or whether Castro enjoys as broad a base of support as he and his idolaters claim. (22 minutes, b&w/color)

#6124 Cuba & The Caribbean - Cuba: Holding Back the Tide (Run time 30 min.) DVD $99.95

In 1959, Fidel Castro led a revolution that reshaped Cuba. Today, after the collapse of the communist trading block, Cuba faces a new crisis. This program examines the problems that face the Cuban people and their government and, in light of these problems, asks "what is keeping Castro in power?" In addition to examining Cuba's economy and the government's initiatives, the program visits a hospital that offers a painful metaphor for the decay of Castro's Cuba. (30 minutes)

#36166 Cuba & The Caribbean - Unfinished Country: Haiti's Struggle for Democracy (Run time 57 min.) DVD $129.95

Through unfettered access to powerbrokers and ordinary citizens, this Wide Angle report covers Haiti's ongoing struggle to craft a truly representative government from a volatile failed state. Butteur Metayer and Guy Philippe-strongmen of the National Front for the Reconstruction of Haiti Party and former rebels who drove Jean-Bertrand Aristide from power in 2004-and three other Haitians express their points of view. An interview between Bill Moyers and James Dobbins, former U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti, concludes the program. Will the Western hemisphere's most impoverished nation finally succeed in creating a stable democracy? (57 minutes)

#37632 Cuba & The Caribbean - Victory Is Your Duty: Boxing as a Policy Tool in Cuba (Run time 57 min.) DVD $129.95

For decades, boxing has held a special place of honor in Cuban society-not least because Fidel Castro deployed the nation's athletes as an unconventional tool of foreign and domestic policy. This Wide Angle report goes inside the Havana Boxing Academy-the first time a foreign film crew has been permitted-to follow future Olympians, hand-picked from the age of nine, as they fight their way into shape to become the standard bearers of la Revolucion. Their journey to the national championships reveals that victory is not just their hope; it is their duty. In addition, Andy Gomez, Senior Fellow at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, speaks with Daljit Dhaliwal about Cuba's post-Fidel era and the future of U.S./Cuban relations. (57 minutes)

#6290 Cuba & The Caribbean - Improper Conduct: Castro's Cuba (Run time 112 min.) DVD $149.95

Written and directed by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Nestor Almendros, this program tells the stories of 28 Cuban exiles, from all walks of life-writers, dancers, painters, doctors, laborers, and students-all victims of their homeland's oppression. The program provides a history of Cuba under Fidel Castro's leadership, focusing on the regime's suppression of dissidents and free speech. In addition to speaking with the exiles, the program visits Little Havana in Miami. Although the program covers events only until the mid 1980s, its powerful stories provide a rare personal glimpse into life in Castro's Cuba and the effects of Castro's policies on the Cuban people. (1 hour 53 minutes)

#10016 Cuba & The Caribbean - Fidel Castro: Maximum Leader (Run time 53 min.) DVD $149.95

Forty years after his emergence as the Robin Hood of Cuba, Fidel Castro has found himself on the wrong side of history. Using compelling archival footage, this program critically examines the single-minded idealism of a lifelong rebel. All of the milestones that have shaped Castro's Cuba are documented-from his ousting of Batista, to his policy of brinkmanship with the U.S., to his ruinous economic reforms in the face of decades of embargo and the loss of Russian rubles. But as times continue to change, Cuba is experiencing a thaw, with a revival of tourism and a renewed tolerance of the Catholic faith. Isolated and aging, will Castro finally lower the flag of his revolution? (53 minutes)

#29133 Cuba & The Caribbean - Jose Marti and Cuba Libre (Run time 54 min.) DVD $149.95

If a single individual may be said to have embodied the development of the Cuban secessionist movement, that person was surely Jose Marti. Set within the context of the turbulent relations between Cuba, Spain, and the U.S.A., this program spotlights Marti-a striking orator, sagacious propagandist, and inspiring leader-and the movement that he founded, Cuba Libre. Although killed during a skirmish at Dos Rios in 1895, Marti lived on as the emblem of the undying desire of the Cuban exile population to free Cuba from foreign control. (55 minutes)

#33620 Cuba & The Caribbean - Haiti: Land of Tragedy, Land of Hope (Run time 55 min.) DVD $149.95

The numbers alone are stunning: 8 million inhabitants, 70 percent of whom live below the poverty line; a life expectancy of 50 years; a 65 percent illiteracy rate; and a 70 percent unemployment rate. Such is the recent population in Haiti, which ironically had its origins cast in optimism: the Haitians were the first people to abolish slavery in 1797 and establish a black republic. Yet the following years have brought the island a succession of violence, chaotic politics, and the railroading of national sovereignty for the benefit of few. This thought-provoking documentary traces what Jean-Bertrand Aristide calls Haiti's "linear history" back to its discovery by Columbus in the late 15th century and the violent process of colonization to the present. (55 minutes)

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