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Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up


Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up

In April 1961, the CIA sent a force of Cuban exiles to overthrow the Cuban government. This resulted in the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Fifty years later, a new documentary shows that US-backed violence against Cuba continued for decades. The new film, with Danny Glover, anti-Cuba terrorists, and Fidel Castro himself (filmed recently) is combined with fascinating archival footage and a rare recorded interview from prison with one of the Cuban 5. These men are serving long sentences in US prisons for trying to stop terrorism against tourist sites in their country.

Renowned documentarian and activist, Saul Landau, landed interviews with the leading anti-Castro terrorists, now in their 80s, who recounted their deeds often with the blessing of the CIA as well as interviews with Cuban state security officials explaining why they sent the five agents to infiltrate the violent Miami exile groups.

The film raises and tries to answer the question: What did Cuba do to deserve such hostile treatment? Key events are traced including the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis as well as the numerous assassination attempts on Castro's life.


Saul Landau has produced over forty films. He has received numerous awards, including an Emmy with Jack Willis for "Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang", the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting, the First Amendment Award, and the Bernardo O'Higgins award from the Chilean government for his human rights work. He is a senior fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and a Professor Emeritus at California State University , Pomona.

Gore Vidal says, "Saul Landau is a man I love to steal ideas from"


Thirteen years ago five Cubans, Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González, were arrested in the U.S. for espionage. They were intelligence officers who were sent to Miami to observe the Cuban exile community and infiltrate anti-Castro groups such as Alpha 66, the F4 Commandos, the Cuban American National Foundation, and Brothers to the Rescue. The five men had been tasked to help Cuba defend itself against bombings that threatened to destroy its tourist industry -- the lifeblood of its economy. The agents warned their government of plots and impending violence to hotels, restaurants and people back in Cuba . These men, now knows as The Five, were given extreme prison sentences in 2001 ranging from fifteen years to two consecutive life terms (for Hernández, the cell's leader.)

The Emmy award-winning ® Landau, "made this film to provide the context for the story of The Five. I tried to show how Cuba used infiltration to respond to terrorism based in Florida from 1959 through the 1990s. The agents warned of impending violence to hotels, restaurants and people. I was in Cuba when some of those bombs exploded. This undeclared war in unknown to most Americans."

In the film, Landau speaks with well-known anti-Castro Cuban terrorists, including some Bay of Pigs participants who appear on camera to boast or re-evaluate their activities over the years. Orlando Bosch, Jose Basulto, Luis Posada Carriles and Antonio Veciana discuss assassinations and other actions they took to bring down the revolutionary Cuban government. By way of contrast to the sentencing of the Cuban 5, Posada, a former CIA operative, who was considered the mastermind of the 1976 bombing of a Cuban civilian airliner in which all 73 people on board were killed, was acquitted in April 2011.

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Rewriting the Cuba script

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Saul Landau has produced more than 50 documentaries since 1966. He has also written more than a dozen books, won an Emmy, appeared on TV, and worked for decades with the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies. Once upon a time he was even in the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

A film poster for Saul Landau’s Cuba film. Landau’s latest film, “Will the Real Terrorists Please Stand Up,” draws on his firsthand knowledge of U.S.-Cuban relations, his considerable skills as a film editor and narrator, as well as his personal relationship with Fidel Castro, to unravel a half century of international conflict and hostility. Castro and Danny Glover appear in the film, along with many key figures in the history. Landau was on hand to answer questions at a festival screening on Wednesday night.

The film's starting point is the Cuban Five, intelligence agents from Cuba who were sent to the U.S. to penetrate a group of exiles responsible for bombings and other violence. Instead, they ended up in jail. But most of this fast-paced, sometimes startling 80-minute film is devoted to the decades of policy hypocrisy, harassment and assassination attempts that have characterized U.S. policy toward Cuba since the 1959 revolution.

After the film, Landau was asked what he would like President Obama to say or do about relations with Cuba. "I would have Obama say we pursued a flawed policy and we’re sorry,” Landau replied. “We invested too narrowly in banking and corporate interests, and we’re going to try to alter that."

Despite persistent U.S. harassment and complicity in terrorism orchestrated by Cuban exiles the revolution has been a success, Landau noted. Although some “civil society” rights have been restricted, the focus on basic human rights like health has benefited the vast majority. And now, Landau added, with Castro officially retired and an unstable economic outlook facing much of the world, Cuba is beginning “to write a new script.”


Saul Landau and Danny Glover wrote this piece in July 2011 after visiting Gerardo Hernandez in prison in Victorville , CA :

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Landau blogs regularly about The 5 at Progreso Weekly:


WILL THE REAL TERROISTS PLEASE STAND UP, featuring Landau, Danny Glover and Fidel Castro (at age 84), shows how the U.S. backed violence against Cuba has continued for decades and our government's unusual obsession with Fidel Castro has led to the unjust conviction of the Cuban 5. The 80 minute film will be released nationwide on DVD and digital platforms on July 26, 2011.

The film combines fascinating archival footage and a rare recorded interview from prison with one of the Cuban 5 as well as a recent interview with Fidel Castro at age 84. Bonus features include extended interviews with: the imprisoned Gerardo Hernández, considered the leader of the Cuban 5; author and journalist Ann Louise Bardach; Jose Basulto, the leader of the Cuban exile organization Brothers to the Rescue and Leonard Weinglass who was the appellate attorney for the Cuban Five from 2002 until his death in 2011.

SRP: $19.95 | TRT: 80 minutes |UPC: 881394113220 |Catalog: CLS1132

Genre: Documentary/Global Affairs/ Latin America


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