"Waiting For Fidel"
Directed by Michael Rubbo
In 1974, a group of extraordinary men take an
extraordinary trip to Cuba. They include Joey Smallwood, the former
socialist premier of Newfoundland; Geoff Stirling, the Newfoundland-born
broadcasting magnate; and Michael Rubbo, the award-winning
Australian-Canadian filmmaker. The men wind up in a strange limbo, waiting
days on end to meet with Fidel Castro. Their wait itself becomes the subject
of the film, as the men embark on a wide-ranging, often humorous, and
powerfully compelling dialogue on Cuba, Canada, socialism, capitalism, and
many other issues. Brilliantly executed, and punctuated with wonderful Cuban
music, Waiting for Fidel is a documentary classic. English and
Spanish with English subtitles. 58 minutes.