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Fidel Castro is one of the most influential and controversial figures of our time. FIDEL offers a a unique opportunity to view the man through exclusive interviews with Castro himself, historians, public figures and friends, including footage from the Cuban State archives. Alice Walter, Harry Belafonte, and Sydney Pollack discuss the personality of the man. Former and current US government figures including Arthur Schlesinger, Ramsey Clark, Wayne Smith, Congressman Charles Rangel and a former CIA agent offer political and historical perspectives on Castro and the long-standing US embargo against Cuba. Family members and close friends, including Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, offer a window into the personal life of Fidel. We see him swimming with bodyguards, visiting his childhood home and school, joking with Nelson Mandela, Ted Turner, and Muhammad Ali, meeting with Elian Gonzalez, and celebrating his birthday with members of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Juxtaposing the personal anecdotal with the history of the Cuban revolution and the fight to survive the post-Soveit period, FIDEL tells a previously untold story and presents a new view of this powerful and compelling figure.

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