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Fidel! A film by Saul Landau

Fidel! A film by Saul Landau

Fidel! A film by Saul Landau

June 8, 2012 from 3:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m.
Special Collections & Archives (Rivera Library, 4th floor )

Just ten years after the Cuban Revolution, director Saul Landau was granted unprecedented access to Fidel Castro that was the basis for his landmark 1969 documentary film titled Fidel!. Landau was allowed to tour, and film, the countryside of Cuba with Castro as he played baseball with town locals, reminisced about his early education in Birán, and spoke in front of thousands during the 15th anniversary celebration of the attack on Fort Moncada that was dedicated to Ernesto “Che” Guevara. The film offers viewers an unparalleled look into the relationship of the Cuban people with their popular leader at a time when hope and radicalism continued to dominate the political landscape of Cuba.

Please join us for an afternoon with Saul Landau as he discusses Fidel! and shows clips from the newly re-mastered original film. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session with the Emmy winning filmmaker. Light refreshments will be served. 


Saul Landau, Professor Emeritus at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, an internationally-known scholar, author, commentator, and Emmy winning filmmaker, is a Fellow and Board Member of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is also a board member and co-founder of the Center for Cuban Studies. He is on the editorial board of Race and Class and Canadian Dimension. He is known for his work on foreign and domestic policy issues, Native American and South American cultures, and science and technology. Landau has made fifty films on social, political and historical issues, and worldwide human rights. He writes a weekly column for progresoweekly.com and his articles appear regularly in learned journals, like Latin American Perspectives.

He received an Edgar Allen Poe Award for Assassination on Embassy Row, a report on the 1976 murders of Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and his colleague, Ronni Moffitt. His latest books are A Bush and Botox World (2007), The Business of America: How Consumers Have Replaced Citizens and How We Can Reverse the Trend (2004), The Pre-Emptive Empire: A Guide to Bush's Kingdom (2003); Red Hot Radio (1998), Hot Air (1995) and The Dangeroud Doctrine (1988).

He has won the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting, and the First Amendment Award, as well as an Emmy with Jack Willis for "Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang." Landau has written thirteen books, short stories and poems. IN 2008, the Chilean government presented him with the Bernardo O'Higgins award for human rights.

The University of California, Riverside is the only repository worldwide that maintains a complete print of the final edited version of Fidel!. Funding for the preservation and digitization of this film was awarded to the University of California, Riverside by the National Film Preservation Foundation in 2011.

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