CUBA: THE 40 YEARS WAR Five Cuban-American Veterans of
the Bay of Pigs travel to Havana with Arthur Schlesinger, Richard
Goodwin, and ex-CIA operatives. Their mission: Reconciliation.
The Cuban delegation includes Fidel himself, but
our story is that of the
men of Brigade 2506, going to Cuba knowing it will enrage their
Miami compatriots, particularly when Castro and Cuban-American
Alfredo Duran – sharing a microphone and discussing the battle – are
interrupted by one of the Cuban’s shooting at Alfredo in 1961, and
marched up to shake his hand.
CONGA LESSONS AT THE
BAY OF PIGS During the 2002-3 New
Years holiday, three American filmmakers visit Cuba to explore its
musical and cultural heritage. Their intentions are to stay clear
of the politics separating the two countries. Instead, they discovered that over forty years after the Bay of Pigs
in Cuba as Playa Giron) the effects of the invasion refuse to
disappear, that it is basically impossible to visit Cuba and ignore
the deadly Miami/Havana/Washington triangle of recriminations.
THE 2001 HAVANA
CONFERENCE TAPES In March of 2001, an international
convened in Havana for the purpose of exploring the facts and
repercussions of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
Organized by the National Security Archives of Washington, D.C., it
attended by Fidel Castro, by five members of
Cuban- American Brigade 2506, and by ex-Kennedy officials, inluding Richard Goodwin, Arthur Schelesinger Jr., and ex-CIA operatives whose old job it was to assassinate Fidel Castro.