The Cameraman in Cuba: Fascinating documentary on Netflix

Emmy-winning American Jon Alpert has been chronicling the fortunes of three Cuban families over the course of four tumultuous decades of Cuba’s history, starting in the 1970s. This is straight stuff, one man’s humane and sincere look at Cuba. It’s not pro or con. Alpert, the man and his camera, records without spin or phoniness what is happening in these peoples’ lives. Remarkably, people speak their opinions and reveal their feelings openly. So refreshing!

Particularly interesting are Alpert’s personal encounters with Fidel Castro himself over the same period of time. Seeing the robust Fidel of the 1970s age and become almost unrecognizable as a very old man is poignant. Actually, the documentary opens with the reaction of the Cuban people to Fidel’s death on November 25, 2016. The grief and sense of loss is evident. While I’m sure there were many who did not mourn, the obvious sincerity of those who did make a lie of the media world-wide which insisted that the population’s outpouring of grief was “staged”, and that people had no choice but to do what they were told. Judge for yourself.

Running at 1 hour 54 minutes, The Cameraman in Cuba is well worth the time.

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