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Cuba, An African Odyssey

Alternative title
Cuba, Une Odyssee Africaine
Synopsis
Using archive footage and personal accounts, this film tells the story of the Cold War through the prism of its least known theatre: Africa. From 1961 to 1991, this continent was the battleground for a war between four competing and opposing interests: the Soviet Union which sought to extend its influence; the U.S. interested in capturing Africa’s natural resources; former European colonial empires; and young African nations trying to defend their newly-won independence. Called on to help these new nations in their revolutionary struggle, Cuba played a central, yet little known, role in supporting African national liberation. From Che Guevara’s military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries in one of the Cold War’s most vigorous contests over resources and ideology.CUBA, AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY attempts to understand the world today through the saga of these internationalists who won every battle but finally lost the war.
Language
English
Country
France
Year of release
2008
Year of production
2007
Subjects
Development studies; History; Politics & government
Keywords
Africa; Angola; Castro, Fidel; Cold War; colonial history; Congo; Cuba; Guinea-Bissau; revolutions (political); Guevara, Che; political geography; Lumumba, Patrice

Credits

Director
Jihan El-Tahri

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£24.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
190 minutes
Year
2008

Production Company

Name

ITVS International

Name

Temps Noir

Sponsor

Name

ARTE France

Email
http://www.arteboutique.com/inputContact.action
Web
http://boutique.arte.tv/ External site opens in new window
Address
STACI
ARTE Boutique 1610
B.P. 59124 - 95074 Cergy Pontoise
France
Notes
An extensive range of programmes broadcast on the French Arte channel, relating to art and culture. Most are only available in French, but some have English audio or subtitles. Sale on Region 2 PAL DVD.

Distributor

Name

Quantum Leap

Notes
The company ceased trading in 2018. It was previously a distributor and online retailer specialising in non-fiction DVD titles on a wide variety of subjects, particularly in the areas of music instruction, music performance, sport instruction, and health. Some titles also available through retail outlets.
 

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