Will the real terrorist please stand up

 

Film showing, question, answer & discussion with internationally acclaimed film-maker & scholar 

Saul Landau

7pm, Tuesday, September 25 • Room 224, Dalhousie Student Union Building • 6136 University Avenue • Halifax, NS

Sponsored by the Canadian Network on Cuba; Canadian Union of Postal Workers; Nova Scotia Cuba Association; Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group; James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies.

THE FILM

WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations.  By telling the story of the case of the Cuban five, intelligence agents sent to penetrate Cuban exile terrorist groups in Miami and now serving long prison sentences, the film highlights decades of assassinations and sabotage at first backed by Washington and then ignored by the very government that launched a “war against terrorism.” In the film, viewers see leading terrorists, now in their 80s, recounting their deeds, and Cuban state security officials explaining why they infiltrated agents into violent Miami exile groups.

The film, featuring Danny Glover and 84 year old Fidel Castro in key scenes, raises and tries to answer the question: what did Cuba do to deserve such hostile treatment? It traces key events from the Bay of Pigs and  Cuban Missile Crisis, through multiple assassination attempts on Fidel Castro’s life. This documentary reveals a story of violence that also echoed on the streets of Washington DC, New York and especially Miami where Cuban American critics of the bombers and shooters also wound up dead.

THE FILM-MAKER

Saul Landau is an internationally-known scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on international and U.S. policy issues. Landau’s most widely praised achievements are the over forty films he has produced on social, political and historical issues, and worldwide human rights, for which he won the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting, and the First Amendment Award, as well as an Emmy for “Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang.”

In 2008, the Chilean government presented him with the Bernardo O’Higgins Award for his human rights work. Landau has written fourteen books including a book of poems, My Dad Was Not Hamlet. He received an Edgar Allen Poe Award for Assassination on Embassy Row, a devastating report on the 1976 murders of Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and his colleague, Ronni Moffitt, of which he was co-author.

He is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Pomona. He is a senior Fellow at and Vice Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies.

The late acclaimed writer Gore Vidal said, “Saul Landau is a man I love to steal ideas from.”

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