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The Fidel Castro Tapes

Airs Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Marcelo Montecino

Above: Fidel Castro speaking in Havana, 1978. "Fidelcastro1978" by Marcelo Montecino - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

Public Domain: Museo Che Guevara (Centro de Estudios Che Guevara en La Habana, Cuba)

Fidel Castro (far left), Che Guevara (center), and other leading revolutionaries, marching through the streets in protest at the La Coubre explosion, 5 March 1960.

Public Domain: Warren K. Leffler: The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog;

Fidel Castro at the United Nations General Assembly in 1960.

In 1959, Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba. He has been one of the most controversial figures in the world ever since. "The Fidel Castro Tapes" chronicles the Cuban leader's ability to maintain control through ongoing tumult in his country, and in his dealings with the United States and the rest of the world.

"The Fidel Castro Tapes" is a film that takes viewers on a journey like none other. This program uses only news and documentary footage -- past and present -- to detail the life and times of one of the most controversial political figures of the 20th Century. In addition, the program features footage obtained from several Cuban archives.

There is minimal narration in this film and no interviews. Instead, "The Fidel Castro Tapes" relies on the words of journalists who covered the major events in Castro's life to tell the story. It is a unique approach, one that gives the viewer a chance to experience the life and times of Cuba's leader as if they were actually living through them.

"The Fidel Castro Tapes" was produced and directed by Tom Jennings.

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