The Fidel Castro Tapes

The Fidel Castro Tapes

Tuesday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Survey the turbulent career of one of the world’s most contentious leaders.

In 1959, Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba. He has been one of the most controversial figures in the world ever since. This is the story of the Cuban dictator’s life, told in part through media reports, rare images and recordings.

To some an icon of resistance and to others the very face of dictatorial oppression, Fidel Castro was one of the most provocative political figures of the 20th century. 

"The Fidel Castro Tapes" chronicles how his drive and charisma catapulted him to power in Cuba and how he used these traits to maintain control of his country for nearly five decades and capture the attention of the world.

Instead of telling his story through interviews, the program relies solely on media reports, rare images and recordings to document Castro’s turbulent life. In addition, the program features footage obtained from several Cuban archives.

Top photo: Fidel Castro catches up on the news at an outpost in the Sierra Maestra. Castro commanded his guerilla forces from this rugged mountainous region from December 1956 to November 1958.