Embargo is a feature documentary which exposes the history between the United States and Cuba with an aim to end the 52 year embargo.
Embargo is a feature length documentary film, which asks the question,
Why, for more
than fifty years, eleven U.S. presidents and two Castros, we still find
ourselves in a cold war with this tiny island nation, 90 mile off the coast of
Cuba is the only country in the world that a U.S citizen can’t travel to…
Why? Because of the embargo!
This is a film for people who care about U.S. history, Cuba, diplomacy, embargoes, freedom and new beginnings
We embargoed Cuba and opened our doors to China a decade later -- the rest as they say - is history.
On the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, which nearly ended life on earth, as we know it, it is time to revisit the questions and answers regarding the embargo of Cuba.
This documentary explores the mindset that created the embargo, the power and violence that has held it in place for over 50 years, the secret communications between leaders and the heartfelt stories of the Cuban families on both sides of the Florida straights who yearn for normalcy. .
What makes this film Unique?
RFK Jr, Sergei Khrushchev and Ted Sorenson explain exactly how this division came to be from their unique perspective on of history.
The last interview with Ted Sorenson reveals how passionately the Cia was at odds with the Kennedy administration over Cuba.
As described by Robert Kennedy Jr., “the relationship with Cuba was an inherited fiasco, which plagued the Kennedy administration from its beginning to its tragic ending.
As explained by Peter kornblue, Director of the National Security Archives,” The stalemate nearly ended on the very day of JFK’s assassination, when Kennedy and Castro had been in secret talks and reached an agreement through an intermediary sent by both Kennedy and the Pope.
Castro’s reaction to the Kennedy Assassination… “They are going to blame me… there goes your mission of peace”
Sergei Khrushchev shares intimate details, “Had Kennedy lived to stay in office through the end of his second term, and the Cold War would have ended before 1969. The Soviets and the Americans would have flown to the moon together.”
The early 60’s formed long standing opinions and violent hatreds that stand frozen in time to this day. The very idea of Rapprochement with the Cuban government has altered course of American history and challenged every American president, since Kennedy, to deal with Cuba in secret.
Unique access, in both Cuba and Washington D.C. by the filmmakers, reveals a clear vision of the forces that have locked the U.S. into an obsolete policy and which continues to threaten U.S. national security in our own hemisphere.
The film, Embargo, makes a strong case for reestablishing our ties to Cuba. It is good for America. It is good for business. It is good for Cuba and Cuban families and it is necessary to win the race with China over the control of the island of Cuba.
Executive Producer/ Director: Jeri Rice (Fuel, Associate Producer) Sundance People’s Choice Award winner, 2008
Producer: Peter Kornblue (Director National Security Archives)
Associate Producer: Trudi Inslee
Director of Photography: Todd Sali (Fuel)
Editors: Sofia Baum, Max Czernok
Ted Sorensen, Speechwriter and consultant to JFK
Dr. Sergei Khrushchev: Senior Fellow, Brown University
Frank Mankiewicz: Press Secretary, RFK
Helen Thomas: former Dean, White House Press Pool
President Ricardo Alarcon, National Cuban Assembly
Col. Laurence Wilkerson: Former Chief of Staff, Colin Powell
Ambassador Vickie Huddleston: former chief of the U.S. Intersection, Havana
Max Lesnik Radio
Peter Kornbluh: Director, National Security Archive
Russ Baker: Author, “Family of Secrets”
Anne Louise Bardach: “Author, After Fidel”
T.J English: Author, ”Havana Nocturne”
Jose Petterier Human rights lawyer, Cuban American
Members of Congress:
William Delahunt: (D) MA.
Joanne Emerson: (R) MO.
Sam Farr: (D) Ca.
Jim McDermott: (D) Wa
Donna Edwards: (D) MD.
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