Part 1 of "Cuba, Libre?" shows Cuba as an glamorous tropical tourist destination in the years before Fidel Castro led a revolution that ousted the government of Fulgencio Batista which had been favorable to the U.S., and replaced it with a Communist government that was allied with America's nemesis, the Soviet Union.
This first half of the documentary also includes archival footage from the Castro revolution, the break in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations, the aborted Bay of Pigs invasion of the island nation, and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
Part 1 concludes with Cuba as seen through the lens of Hollywood and how Americans who could not longer visit the island must have imagined it during the thirty year period of the Cold War that followed.
Cuba, Libre? was created by Dick Jordan.
"Cuba, Libre?" is a Finalist in award competition at the 2019 Davis International Film Festival. It will be shown at about 2:30 pm on Friday, October 25th at the Veterans Memorial Theater in Davis.