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Watch: Oliver Stone's Controversial Fidel Castro Documentary 'Comandante' In Full

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 23, 2014 4:40 PM
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No stranger to controversy through films that have delved into American history and politics, often blurring the lines reality between and fiction, Oliver Stone's little seen 2003 documentary "Comandante" was another one that stirred up debate. Called everything from "an opportunity frustratingly squandered" to  "a backslapping love-in" to something "that Stone is bending...for his own personal interest," many believed that the filmmaker wasn't able to make an objective documentary on the controversial Cuban leader. Well, now you can judge for yourself.

Over on Vimeo (and we'd imagine it's only a matter of time until it gets yanked), the entire film has been posted for your viewing pleasure. So now you can see how Stone and Castro interact, as the director tries to get El Caballo's perspective on a number of topics. Vintage footage is mixed with handheld filming and in person interviews, with the 99-minute film (likely culled from hours of material) it's the closest anyone from the West has gotten in one-on-one time with the revolutionary. Give it a look below.

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  • Humberto Capiro | June 23, 2014 9:00 PMReply

    VICTIMS OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION- Cases up to January 25, 2012
    This work documents loss of life and disappearances of a political or military nature attributed to the Cuban Revolution. Each documented case is available for review at The Cuba Archive and substantiated by bibliographic/historic data and reports from direct sources. Due to the ongoing nature of the work and the difficulty of obtaining and verifying data from Cuba, the following totals change as research progresses and are considered far from exhaustive. Cuba Archive is currently examining additional cases -most are expected to be added to this table.

    Non-Combat Victims of the Castro Regime: Work-in-progress-Documented Cases
    Total = 10,500
    "Balseros" (estimate to 2003) = 77,833 victims drowned at sea

  • Fong | June 23, 2014 9:15 PM

    Hell, that's a good year for just drunk driving in the US.

  • Jack | June 23, 2014 5:05 PMReply

    The "controversy" surrounding this pretty by-the-numbers documentary largely comes from people of a particular ideology who don't want to accept that there's more to certain world leaders than their adversarial relationship to the USA.

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