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CUBA, AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY

Film
Film
Langue: 
English
Other languages or subtitles: 
French
German
Production country: 
France
Running time (In minutes): 
2x59'
Theme: 
African Films
Black Culture Films
Documentary
Education
European Films
French Films
Historical
Human Rights
International
Category/Format: 
Documentaries
Poster: 
Fidel Castro greets three African Presidents (Sekou Touré - Agostinho Neto - Luis Cabral)
Production year: 
April, 2007
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Jihan El-Tahri was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and is a writer, director and producer of documentary films. She is a French and Egyptian national.

In 1984, she received her BA in Political Science, and in 1986 her MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. She worked as a news correspondent with U.S. News and World Report and Reuters, TV researcher, and associate producer in Tunisia, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Algeria, and Egypt between 1984 to 1990. As a correspondent, El-Tahri covered politics in the Middle East.

In 1990, El-Tahri started directing and producing documentaries for French television, and for the BBC since 1995. In 1992 she filmed Osama bin Laden's training camps in Sudan. She also provided professional support on four of the Steps for the Future films in 2001. The documentary, The House of Saud, appeared on the BBC in 2004 and on PBS in 2005. Her most recent documentary, 'Cuba! Africa! Revolution!', appeared on BBC in 2007.

She also worked with Ahron Bregman, an Israeli historian, on The Fifty Years War: Israel and the Arabs in 1998.

Read an interview by Joseph Fahim published in Daily News Egypt here:
http://www.thedailynewsegypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=5756

Read the BBC Four, House of Saud Director's Interview here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documentaries/storyville/saud-interview.shtml

Film director: 
Jihan EL TAHRI
Producer: 
TEMPS NOIR / ARTE FRANCE / BIG SISTER
Film synopsis: 
An untold story about the cold war on the African continent, or the defeat of an ideal, internationalism, which Cuban guerrillas failed to defend. In Africa, in the early '60s, four adversaries with conflicting interests face off: the Soviets want to expand their influence; the United States intend to appropriate the continent's natural riches; the former empires seek to revive their shaky colonial power; and the young nations defend their newly-won independence, armed with an ideal: internationalism. African revolutionaries like Patrice Lumumba, Amilcar Cabral and Agostinho Neto call on Cuban guerrillas to help them in their struggle, and Fidel Castro's men will play a central role on the continent, from Che Guevara's tragicomic epic in the Congo up to the triumph of the battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Angola. This film relates a largely untold story, going from 1961 to 1989, with archives and interviews to back it up.
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
HD
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

2007 : Selected at FIPA, at FESPACO and at Vues D'Afrique (International Film Festival of Montréal), at San Francisco Input Film Festival (USA) and Chicago International Documentary Festival (USA), at BANFF Out of Competition, Award of the Documentary Jury at the Festival International du Film d'Afrique et des Iles (FIFAI) at the Reunion (France), Selected at DOC FOR SALES (Amsterdam).

Film distribution
TV: 
Open
Video: 
Open
Internet: 
Open
Sales/distribution name: 
ARTE FRANCE
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
ARTE France
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
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