Directed by Egyptian filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri, his revealing award-winning documentary adds to our understanding of the Cold War through its least-known context, Africa. From 1961 to 1991, the continent was a battleground for four different competing interests.
The Soviet Union wanted to extend its influence into a new continent; the U.S. lusted after Africa’s natural resources; former European empires felt their grip on the area weaken, and, most of all, many newly formed African nations fought to defend their recently won independence.
When the latter called on Cuban guerrillas to aid them in their struggle, Castro and Cuba stepped in to build a new offensive strategy, which would have long-lasting influence on developing countries in their battles against colonialism.
From Che Guevara s efforts in the Congo to the triumphant battle at Cuito Cuanavale, CUBA: AN AFRICAN ODYSSEY tells the story of those internationalists who won their battles but ultimately lost the war.
Highly recommend watching this documentary. Incredibly in-depth and eye-opening.
If you live anywhere close to the Hackney Picturehouse, the film will be screened on Thursday, November 8th as part of the Film Africa festival.
Watch a short clip from the documentary featuring Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro.