"Fidel Castro" : A film about the life and times of Fidel Castro

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The movie 'Fidel Castro' was about the life and times of Fidel Castro and his rise to power in Cuba. This biographical documentary takes a look at one of the most complex figures of our time in dictatorship and international politics.

The movie begins at a time where Fidel was a young man and a respected lawyer involved in political movements against Batista's regime. The film portrays Fidel Castro as an inspired, natural leader who believes in fighting for what is right for the people of Cuba. Political aspirations get in way of Castro's family and he ends up having an affair and leaving his family behind to pursue his dreams.

Fidel plans an attack on a Cuban barracks, loses most of his followers and gets thrown in jail. But defeat did not discourage Fidel from his dreams of overthrowing Batista's regime. After serving his time in jail, Fidel was expelled from the country.

Castro builds an army in neighboring Mexico and plans to attack Cuba and Batista. Once his army is trained and ready Fidel sails over to Cuba and get in another battle. Again, loosing most of his men, Castro survives again to live another day. Fidel flees into the mountains were he start a rebellion army. Castro's word is getting out from the mountains over the local radio, which helps him in recruiting more followers and gain more public support to overthrow Batista.

Batista know how much of a threat Castro is and tries to find him in the mountains and kill him. Anybody with a military background can tell you that Castro was very smart in doing this. First Castro had weapons that Batista did not know about, plus the major factor of defending a position from a higher point...