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Can the deal between South Africa’s old apartheid regime and its new government withstand the test of time?
The story of Cuba’s support for African revolutions reveals one of the Cold War’s most vigorous contests over resources and ideology.
Jihan El-Tahri was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and is an award-winning writer/director and producer. She received her MA in political science from the American University in Cairo. From 1984 to 1990, she worked as a news correspondent covering politics in the Middle East with U.S. News and World Report… and Reuters. She has produced and directed numerous documentaries, her most recent being the award winning and Emmy-nominated House of Saud (BBC/ARTE/PBS/NHK). Other films include: the ARTE documentary Price of Aid, The Tragedy of the Great Lakes (Canal +/ ARTE), and the six-part series Israel and the Arabs (BBC 2), for which she also co-authored the accompanying book, published by Penguin.
Tancrède Ramonet is a co-founder and producer of Temps Noir. In 2002, he produced a seven-hour interview with Fidel Castro for Histoire TV channel. For over four years, he has produced documentary films that examine social issues and historical roots of the contemporary world for French educational television… as well as international broadcasters. Ramonet also authored several books and documentary films, among them, The Shadows of Devil’s Island, directed by Patrick Barbéris; Tout condamné aura la tête tranchée by Alain Ferrari; and Premiers Films, un Exercice à la Femis by Jean Luc Daniel.
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. Cuba, an African Odyssey is the previously untold story of Cuba’s support for African revolutions, one of the Cold War’s most vigorous contests over resources and ideology.