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Castro and Cuba

SOME WOULD never betray him. Others would never forgive him. No one will ever forget him.

That's Fidel Castro for you. With his flowing beard, signature greens and cigar, the leader is an icon among his fellow-Cubans. Havana, the Cuban capital, has undergone a sea change in its culture, thanks to Castro's liberal reforms. The facades may be old but the thinking is new, and the people, a rejuvenated, happier lot.

The life and times of the Cuban leader have been captured on celluloid in "Fidel", a film directed by David Atwood.

The film, based on Robert Kirk's book, "Fidel Castro", spanning 60 years, chronicles the rise of one of the most powerful world leaders through revolutions, public and private tragedy, economic woes and political unrest.

The tale is told in flashback..As for the cast, it includes not-often-heard names such as Victor Huggo Martin, Gael Garcia Bernal, Particia Velasquez.

It was telecast in two parts on Hallmark channel, on June 14 and 15 (9.00 p.m.) and June 15 and 16 (5.00 p.m.).

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