note: This will take place two days before the 60th Anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago.
Legendary film actor, Errol Flynn narrates ‘The Truth About Fidel Castro Revolution’, one of his last works as an actor.
In an office setting, American actor Errol Flynn advocates the political aims of Cuba’s new leader, Fidel Castro. After explaining that he traveled over 1,000 kilometers, from Havana to Santiago, to meet Castro in person, Flynn narrates over silent documentary footage: Fulgencio Batista, who overtook the Cuban government by means of a coup, participates in a military parade as a show of force. In Havana, Flynn visits the Casino de Capri, the opulence of which is contrasted with the poverty-stricken countryside.
The rebel cause strengthens after Castro returns from exile in Mexico with eighty-one followers. Castro and his surviving fighters then hike into the Sierra Maestra mountains to build their forces and keep Batista’s army at bay. It is there that Flynn meets with Castro, as documented in several still photographs, and is presented with a scarf by a female rebel fighter. The aftermath of Batista’s assault on the village of Santa Clara, bombed to prevent the advance of Castro’s army, is depicted, followed by scenes of the surviving villagers’ warm welcome of Castro’s forces, revolutionary leader Che Guevara, and executions of Batista’s informants. Castro’s victory also results in the return of Cuban exiles.
The film closes with Flynn reading from a card sent by Castro, in which the Cuban leader invites viewers to visit his country, where “freedom, democracy and all of the things that men live by are a reality.”
* The film is 50 minutes long and is in English.