Documentary details U.S.-Cuba conflict – My View
Marzia Dessi

Cuba’s history and its relation with the United States has been a topic of discussion in many cities across the country, including in Santa Fe. 

The documentary Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? was screened at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe this summer and continues to fill theaters across the country. 

The film is directed by Saul Landau and filmed by Haskell Wexler. And although the themes addressed are likely better directed toward and older audience, the film deserves the attention of younger viewers. 

The film describes nearly half a century of relations between U.S. and Cuba, beginning in the years of Cuba’s Revolution in 1959 until today. 

Many of the people in the film are from both sides of the isle and speak of the historical events that changed their lives. Landau uses a collage of interviews and recordings, as well as historical footage from the time to tell the tale of the Cuban Revolution, the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Five. 

Landau interviews Miami-based counter-revolutionary forces, Cubans who foster hatred for Castro and his regime, as well as U.S. Central Intelligence Agency agents who supported the counter-revolutionaries in their epic battle. 

The shift of emotion becomes obvious when Landau moves from the historic footage to the five U.S. convicted Cuban intelligence officers known as the Cuban Five: Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labanino, Fernando González and René González. 

Through current interviews Landau lets the viewer know how unaware many Americans — some of whom are Cuban exiles — are about the conflict between the U.S. and Cuba. Landau asks, “Do you know who the Cuban Five are?” and the common answer is, “That’s a music group, right?” 

The music used in the film, by the way, was by The Cuban Cowboys, not to be confused with the Cuban Five (since they are still serving prison time). 

Interviews of distressed Miami exiles and of right-wing political allies, follow a sequence of events similar to that of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, one domino of destruction leads to another. 

The Cuban Five were indeed sent by the Cuban government to spy on Miami’s exiled community in the wake of several bombings in Havana, masterminded by anti-communist militant groups wanting to interfere with tourist business and who wanted to portray Cuba as a bad tourist destination. Miami-based groups had different forms of support from the U.S., including the Brothers to the Rescue, a group formed by Miami Cubans who flew small airplanes in efforts to rescue rafters fleeing Cuba or to drop leaflets with information, acts that violated Cuban airspace. 

The movie shows many people, including our former-Gov. Bill Richardson, writer Gabriel García Márquez, and Saul Landau himself, all visiting Cuba with hopes of negotiating between the two governments. 

Fidel Castro, in one of the clips showed, asks, “How would Washington like it if Cuban planes flew over their city constantly?” Then-President Bill Clinton promised to revoke pilot licenses of those involved in the flyovers, but he never did and two of the planes where shot down by the Cuban military in 1996. Before this incident, the Cuban Five were arrested in Miami, accused of being terrorists. 

University of New Mexico sociologist and Cuban history expert Nelson Valdez said that Americans need to lobby in Washington, D.C., in order to change Congress’ views and policies against Cuba. 

Marzia Dessi is a junior at Española Valley High School. You may contact her atazulamarz@rocketmail.com

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A special screening will be held to launch the 40th anniversary year
of the Center for Cuban Studies, in collaboration with The Center for
Public Scholarship, at the New School on Saturday, December 3, 2011.
Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba
relations by telling the story of the “the Cuban five,” intelligence agents sent to penetrate
Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences (one was
recently released on probation after serving 13 years). The film highlights decades of
assassinations and sabotage at first backed then ignored by the very government that
launched a “war against terrorism.” In the film, viewers see leading terrorists, now in
their 80s, recounting their deeds, and Cuban state security officials explaining why they
infiltrated agents into violent Miami exile groups.
The film, featuring Danny Glover and 84 year old Fidel Castro in key scenes, raises and
tries to answer the question: what did Cuba do to deserve such hostile treatment? It
traces key events from the Bay of
Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis,
through multiple assassination
attempts on Fidel Castro’s life. This
documentary reveals a story of
violence that also echoed on the
streets of Washington DC, New York
and especially Miami where Cuban
American critics of the bombers
and shooters also wound up dead.
Donation of $20 to CCS
(ticket will be sent to you)
Check, money order or credit card
information with your reservation to:
Center for Cuban Studies
231 West 29th St, Suite 401
New York NY 10001
Tickets will not be available at the door

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Screening in New York

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

New York Screening: Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up
December 3, 2011, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
New School for Social Research
66 Fifth Avenue
New York, Ny

Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up documents this history involving the CIA, violence, and the 5 Cubans serving long sentences in U.S. prisons. The film features an interview with Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban Five who is currently serving life imprisonment in Victorville Maximum Security Prison for “conspiracy to commit espionage.” Landau also interviews Luis Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch, and others who have acknowledged perpetrating acts of terrorism in Cuba as “freedom fighters.” Delightful surprises are appearances in the film by Fidel Castro and Danny Glover.

This is the first of five monthly activities to celebrate the Center for Cuban Studies’ 40th anniversary in May! Download this flyer with complete details.

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“Will the real terrorist please stand up” chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations by telling the story of the “the Cuban five”, intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences. The film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage at first backed then ignored by the very government that launched a “war against terrorism.” In the film, viewers see leading terrorists, now in their 80s, recounting their deeds, and Cuban state security officials explaining why they infiltrated agents into violent Miami exile groups.

The film, featuring Danny Glover and 84 year old Fidel Castro in key scenes, raises and tries to answer the question: what did Cuba do to deserve such hostile treatment? It traces key events from the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis, through multiple assassination attempts on Fidel Castro’s life. This documentary reveals a story of violence that also echoed on the streets of Washington DC, New York and especially Miami where Cuban American critics of the bombers and shooters also wound up dead.

Film to show at the Vancouver International Film Festival:

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up? – 2011 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?
[WILTH] (Feature)
Nonfiction Features of 2011
(Cuba , USA, 2011, 82 mins, DVCam)
International Premiere
Directed By: Saul Landau
PROD: Saul Landau
CAM: Haskell Wexler, Roberto Chile, Tomas Hernandez
ED: Rick Tejada Flores
MUS: Cuban Cowboys, Greg Landau, Camilio Landau
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Saul Landau, a senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, has produced more than 40 films in his career, most concerned with human rights. His latest documents 50 years of US-Cuba relations in which violent Cuban exiles–backed by the CIA–tried to dislodge Cuba’s government, and of five Cuban spies, now in US prisons, who tried to stop this US-sponsored terrorism.

In the 1990s, Florida-based exiles began bombing Cuban tourist sites, thereby damaging the backbone of Cuba’s economy. In one such bombing, an Italian tourist was killed. When the FBI refused to do anything to deter and/or capture the bombers–who worked out of Miami–Castro’s government sent agents there to infiltrate and report on the violent groups. Predictably, the FBI, having ignored the bombers, arrested the five Cuban spies. They were tried in Miami and given draconian sentences, despite flimsy evidence.

Landau’s film features interviews with Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban Five who is serving a life sentence, as well as the Cuban “freedom fighters” who proudly acknowledge perpetrating acts of terrorism in Cuba. Even Castro puts in an appearance. Shot by the great Haskell Wexler, the film is as good looking as it is intelligent and enlightening.

Screening Schedule
Wed, Oct 5th 6:40pm
Empire Granville 7 Th 4 $12.00

Fri, Oct 7th 3:00pm
Empire Granville 7 Th 4 $10.00

Tue, Oct 11th 1:30pm
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Santa Fe Screening

Posted: August 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

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Will the Real Terrorist Stand Up?
Director Saul Landau in person!!

Emmy- and George Polk Award-winning filmmaker Saul Landau and Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler tell the hidden story of 50 years of American terrorism against the Cuban people, presenting the case of the five Cuban anti-terrorists who tried to prevent subversive actions against their country and have been unjustly locked in U.S. jails for 12 years. Interview subjects include renowned terrorists Luis Posada Carriles, Orlando Bosch, José Basulto and others, who freely walk down the streets of Miami, supported and protected by the government of the United States, along with rare footage from the Bay of Pigs invasion.
(U.S., 2010, 81m)

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Film Release Tonight

Posted: July 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

TONIGHT – July 26th, which marks the anniversary of the onset of the Cuban Revolution as well as the nationwide release of the film on DVD and digital platforms!

Time: 7pm
Place: Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica.
How: $10 entrance fee at box office

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Arrive early. Seating is limited.

** Introductions by legendary DP, Haskell Wexler plus special guests!

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Directed by Emmy Winner Saul Landau, “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up” shows that US-backed violence against Cuba continued for decades. Some Bay of Pigs participants and the most well-known terrorists appear on camera to boast of or re-evaluate their activities over the years. Orlando Bosch, Jose Basulto, Luis Posada Carriles and Antonio Veciana discuss assassinations and other actions they took to bring down the Revolutionary government. The new film, featuring Danny Glover, Cuba’s top counter spy and Fidel Castro himself (filmed recently) is combined with fascinating archival footage and a rare recorded interview from prison with one of the Cuban 5. These men are serving long sentences in US prisons for trying to stop terrorism against tourist sites in their country.

Saul Landau has produced over forty films. He has received numerous awards, including an Emmy with Jack Willis for “Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang”, the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting, the First Amendment Award, and the Bernardo O’Higgins award from the Chilean government for his human rights work. He is a senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.
This event is organized by Cinema Libre Studio and co-sponsored by the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban Five and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law with endorsements from Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, El Rescate, Office of the Americas, Law Offices of R. Samuel Paz, National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles Chapter, Operation USA, Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), Film4Cuban5 and the Socialist Workers Party.

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DVD Savant Review: Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up.

 

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Will the Real Terrorist
Please Stand Up


Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up
Cinema Libre Studio
2010 / Color / 1:78 enhanced widescreen / 82 min. / Street Date July 26, 2011 / 19.95 
Starring Danny Glover, Fidel Castro, Saul Landau
Cinematography
 Roberto Chile, Haskell Wexler
Film Editor Rick Tejada-Flores
Original Music Camilo Landau, Greg Landau
Produced and Directed by Saul Landau
 

 

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson 


Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up is a reasoned and factual documentary about the political mess of this country’s relationship to Cuba, the communist dictatorship 90 miles off the coast of Florida. This proximity made Havana a tempting target for American gangsters and corporations before Fidel Castro’s revolution, and remains an embarrassment to this day: America deals regularly with countries with regimes much more abhorrent than Cuba’s, yet insists on dictating terms to this tiny island nation in its own back yard. 52 years after the revolution the U.S. is still dead-set against Cuba for a number of reasons, some of them legitimate. Although America’s politicians and media vilify Castro’s Cuba as a dangerous threat, producer-director Saul Landau’s Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up calmly demonstrates that the opposite is the case. Every documentary has a political bias and this show is no different. But the facts presented here, often by U.S. officials and politicians, are pretty damning to our foreign policy as regards Cuba.

Saul Landau ventured to Cuba during the revolution and has made several films about Fidel Castro; his 1971 docuFidel follows the dictator on a tour of the Cuban provinces. Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Upsticks to the specific conflict between Cuba and the “exiled” community that transferred itself to Southern Florida after the revolution. Fidel got rid of Fulgencio Batista’s worst generals and officers, but many of the upper-class Cuban rich and the middle-class professionals left the country. Fidelistas would say that they were either too cozy with payoffs from American companies, or unwilling to commit to a new society. Anti-Fidel Cubans either consider the (appallingly corrupt and unjust) Batista regime a good republic (it made many of them rich) and Fidel an abomination.

The docu shows how the exiled Cubans formed what can only be considered terrorist groups for anti-Fidel activities. While the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations attempted assassinations, exile agents carried out a campaign of sabotage and killings in Cuba, trying to destabilize the Castro regime. The C.I.A. encouraged “private” bombing raids over Cuba; Eisenhower refused to acknowledge the air strikes and simply replied that Cuba should shoot the planes down if they wanted to.

Interviews with ex- government officials spell out a number of disturbing facts. While U.S. speakers at the U.N. denied any anti-Cuban activity, the C.I.A. schemed to kill Castro and launched the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Turning a blind eye to the “unofficial foreign policy” of the Cuban exiles, the U.S. slammed Cuba with economic sanctions, terrorist subversion and open aggression. The welcoming of the Soviet Union to Cuba and the Missile Crisis are the grave wrongs that Americans won’t forgive, but it’s obvious that Fidel, faced by American hostilities, was forced to accept Soviet aid and military protection.

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up continues with several decades’ worth of egregious hostilities by the Cuban exile community, which was allowed to plant bombs in Havana and drop leaflets over the city for further provocation. Pleas to Washington to ground these flights were ignored. Ronald Reagan encouraged more unofficial hostilities against Cuba. Cuban intelligence warned the U.S. of an assassination attempt against Reagan and was given a very quiet “thank you”. But the U.S. intelligence agencies stayed mum when they learned that a Miami based terrorist was going to blow up a Cuban airliner. An entire Cuban fencing team, the equivalent of the Israeli Olympic athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists in Munich, were lost on the plane. More than one Cuban exile terrorist is seen bragging about his activities in news film, including the instigator of this airliner bombing. The U.S. allows him to operate freely.

The final card played in Landau’s docu regards the “Cuban Five”, a group of Cuban intelligence agents arrested in Florida, convicted of espionage and imprisoned for life. We see various campaigners lobbying and pamphleteering on their behalf, including actor Danny Glover. The argument is that the agents were not gathering information about the U.S. military, U.S. security or any other government activity — they claim to have come here to infiltrate Cuban exile terrorist organizations as a defense measure against bombings of hotels in Havana, a U.S.-encouraged effort to cripple the island nation’s tourist industry. When Havana finally took Eisenhower’s advice and shot down two exile planes provoking Cuba by flying over the city, the Cuban Five were convicted as complicit in that “murder”.

The docu has a lively pace and a great variety of film and news video resources to back up its arguments — it’s particularly educational when we see American diplomats contradicting one another on foreign policy.  1The final message is that America tolerates the exile Cubans’ terrorism against Havana because doing so is politically advantageous to politicians who seek to gain office by encouraging anti-communist hysteria. While the criminal activity continues, conservatives have encouraged Cuban exiles to run for national office. The show leaves us with a number of memorable quotes. One inspired the docu’s title. Another is from a U.S. Congresswoman, who openly and cheerfully calls for the murder of Fidel Castro. This blatant hypocrisy puts the lie to any government action that claims to be based on a so-called “war on terrorism”. Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up uses no rhetoric and presents many anti-Castro speakers to state their case. It’s a good docu and a good public information film.


Cinema Libre Studio’s DVD of Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up is a high quality disc with excellent new video shot in Miami and Havana. An aged, weak-looking Fidel Castro appears in some interview footage. Reels of older news film and video reports provide the official evidence to support the film’s arguments, as do national magazine covers promoting the ‘brave patriots’ that took part in the Bay of Pigs invasion. The audio uses some unobtrusive but pleasant Cuban music where appropriate. All of the speakers are identified.

For an extra Cinema Libre adds several uncut interview slices, including anti-Castro activists. The disc opens with promos for other Cinema Libre docus, all of which center on anti-globalization issues and the efforts of new regimes in Latin America to free themselves from American economic and political control.


On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor, Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up rates:
Movie: Very Good
Video: Very Good
Sound: Very Good 
Audio: Spanish and English
Subtitles: English and Spanish but selective: no English subs for Spanish dialogue & vice-versa
Supplements: extended interviews with key subjects
Packaging: Keep case
Reviewed: July 26, 2011

Footnotes:

1. The show uses two impressive film clips to illustrate its case. A clip from The Godfather Part II shows the Mafia and big corporations “cutting up the Cuban Cake” in an informal ceremony on the balcony of a Havana hotel. Near the end, a sample of a video game reveals that an entire “first person shooter” game is based on the premise of penetrating Fidel Castro’s personal compound and shooting him dead. As the killer (you) closes in, the animated Fidel uses a prostitute as a human shield. 

Screening July 26th

Posted: July 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2011/07/will-the-real-terrorist-stand-up/

Screening and Release to the Public,
Tuesday, July 26, 7 p.m.
Laemmle’s Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd St., Santa Monica
Q& A with Saul Landau
The screening will coincide with the release of the documentary to the public and is the first time that it will be shown in Los Angeles.
“WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP?”
Produced by Emmy Award Winner Saul Landau, “”Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?” shows that US-backed violence against Cuba continued for decades. Some Bay of Pigs participants and the most well-known terrorists appear on camera to boast or re-evaluate their activities over the years. Orlando Bosch, Jose Basulto, Luis Posada Carriles and Antonio Veciana discuss assassinations and other actions they took to bring down the Revolutionary government.
The new film, with Danny Glover, Cuba’s top counter spy and Fidel Castro himself (filmed recently), is combined with fascinating archival footage and a rare recorded interview from prison with one of the Cuban 5. These men are serving long sentences in US prisons for trying to stop terrorism against tourist sites in their country.
“’Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?’ provides every professor and specialist with an invaluable teaching and learning tool about US-Cuba policy and the history of terrorism in that policy. It also explains the story of and context for the ‘Cuban 5,’ the Cuban agents who penetrated Miami exile groups to stop their plans for violence against the island, and ended up in US prisons,” Julia Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
“It’s a real Who’s Who of key figures in the more than half-century-long grudge match over Cuba,” Tracey Eaton, former Dallas Morning News Bureau Chief, Havana.
“Perhaps the best cinematic summary of this reality was rendered in the film by none other than the current chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who declared for all to see and hear that she would welcome the assassination of Fidel Castro. No matter how cynical one may have become, that is an astonishing scene. A U.S. Congresswoman asking for the murder of another country’s leader — a most egregious, unbelievable demonstration of this undeclared war with Cuba,” Lawrence Wilkerson, Colonel, US Army (Retired)Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff (2002-05)
This event is organized by Cinema Libre Studio
Partial list of sponsors: Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, El Rescate, Film4Cuban5, International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5, Law Offices of R. Samuel Paz, Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles Chapter, Office of the Americas, Operation USA, Socialist Workers Party, Union del Barrio, and Venice Peace and Freedom Party.
$10 entrance fee
To learn how to purchase this new documentary write to: info@thecuban5.org

WTRTPSU Trailer

Posted: July 25, 2011 in Uncategorized