The Cuba Libre Story: Series 1
This documentary series recounts the tumultuous history of Cuba, a nation of foreign conquest, freedom fighters and Cold War political machinations.
Part 1: Breaking Chains
The documentary series that chronicles the history of Cuba begins with an examination of the native Cubans, Spanish invaders and the introduction of slavery.
Part 2: War and Sugar
Sugar production on the island flourishes, but the country’s relations with the United States sours, and military strongman Fulgencio Batista solidifies his power.
Part 3: Gangsters Paradise
During Prohibition, the Mafia becomes a powerful presence on the island and gains a stranglehold on the successful gambling industry.
Part 4: A Ragtag Revolution
In December 1959, rebel forces led by Fidel and Raul Castro and Che Guevara topple the corrupt Batista regime.
Part 5: Making Heroes
Heroes of the revolution include the Castros Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos but Fidel Castro’s brutality and radical leftist reforms divide them.
Part 6: Of Soviets and Saviors
Fidel Castro nationalizes U.S. interests and aligns himself with Russia, leading the CIA to attempt an assassination.
Part 7: Secrets and Sacrifices
In the 1980s, Cubans flee their restrictive country, cocaine finds its way into the government, and socialism in Europe collapses.
Part 8: Moments of Transition
In the series finale, the end of the Cold War brings the country’s isolation to a close.