Fidel Up Close

  • Format Feature Documentary
  • Status In Post Production
  • Genre Biographical | Historical
  • Audience Young Adults | Adults
  • Rating PG
  • Total Run Time 90 mins
  • Synopsis

    There is probably no other protagonist of the 20th century who has been as much talked about and as studied as Fidel Castro and FIDEL UP CLOSE is already being lauded as "the definitive documentary on Fidel Castro".

    FIDEL UP CLOSE delves into the lesser known facets of Fidel Castro's personal and intimate life from the perspective of those closest to him, including his children, close family members, collaborators, delegates, employees and some detractors. 

    FIDEL UP CLOSE spans Fidel's early years, when he started a movement that led to the popular insurgency which defeated Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and features rare, never before publicly released footage, such as that of the yacht 'Granmma' in 1956, which Fidel used to sail from Mexico to Cuba alongside Che Guevara, his brother Raul and 80 dreamers, marking the start of the Cuban Revolution.

    FIDEL UP CLOSE touches on historical facts of Fidel Castro's life over half a century of on-going debates, attacks, praise, and admiration for the man who shaped Cuba into a new type of country, providing a glimpse into who the man behind the uniform actually was, revealing the love his people and Cuban intellectuals and sports figures hold for him, among other lesser known facts of his personal life, as well as the possible motivations for his leadership - which carried the Cuban people to confront the 50 year political and economic Embargo with exemplary dignity - while at the same time transforming the small island nation into one of the world leaders in Education, Health, and Social equality, with a strong Internationalist stance that helped defeat Aparthaid in South Africa. 

    Besides the titanic political figure, he was a man, a father, a brother and a son. This documentary attempts to be up there, close to a man whose name was Fidel.

Synopsis

There is probably no other protagonist of the 20th century who has been as much talked about and as studied as Fidel Castro and FIDEL UP CLOSE is already being lauded as "the definitive documentary on Fidel Castro".

FIDEL UP CLOSE delves into the lesser known facets of Fidel Castro's personal and intimate life from the perspective of those closest to him, including his children, close family members, collaborators, delegates, employees and some detractors. 

FIDEL UP CLOSE spans Fidel's early years, when he started a movement that led to the popular insurgency which defeated Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and features rare, never before publicly released footage, such as that of the yacht 'Granmma' in 1956, which Fidel used to sail from Mexico to Cuba alongside Che Guevara, his brother Raul and 80 dreamers, marking the start of the Cuban Revolution.

FIDEL UP CLOSE touches on historical facts of Fidel Castro's life over half a century of on-going debates, attacks, praise, and admiration for the man who shaped Cuba into a new type of country, providing a glimpse into who the man behind the uniform actually was, revealing the love his people and Cuban intellectuals and sports figures hold for him, among other lesser known facts of his personal life, as well as the possible motivations for his leadership - which carried the Cuban people to confront the 50 year political and economic Embargo with exemplary dignity - while at the same time transforming the small island nation into one of the world leaders in Education, Health, and Social equality, with a strong Internationalist stance that helped defeat Aparthaid in South Africa. 

Besides the titanic political figure, he was a man, a father, a brother and a son. This documentary attempts to be up there, close to a man whose name was Fidel.

  • Directors Gabriel Beristain

    Gabriel Beristain is an internationally celebrated Feature film and television Cinematographer with a vast resume of well known films and television shows. Recently he has evolved into directing and as a producer he is developing a solid slate of cross over projects mainly through his Company Vedado Films. 

    Roberto Chile

    Cuban Documentary filmmaker. Worked as Fidel Castro's personal videographer traveling with the Nation's leader in from 1984 to 2006. His work is now an official part of the  'audiovisual memory of the Cuban nation'.

    Eduardo Flores Torres

    Eduardo Flores Torres AMC, SOC is a member of the Mexican Society of Cinematographers (AMC), were he is actively involved, as well as of the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) in the US. He runs the Mexico City based production company ODESSA Films & TV Mexico which he co-founded with colleague and partner Gabriel Beristain ASC, BSC. 

  • Producers Gabriel Beristain

    Gabriel Beristain is an internationally celebrated Feature film and television Cinematographer with a vast resume of well known films and television shows. Recently he has evolved into directing and as a producer he is developing a solid slate of cross over projects mainly through his Company Vedado Films. 

    Roberto Chile

    Cuban Documentary filmmaker. Worked as Fidel Castro's personal videographer traveling with the Nation's leader in from 1984 to 2006. His work is now an official part of the  'audiovisual memory of the Cuban nation'.

    Eduardo Flores Torres

    Eduardo Flores Torres AMC, SOC is a member of the Mexican Society of Cinematographers (AMC), were he is actively involved, as well as of the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) in the US. He runs the Mexico City based production company ODESSA Films & TV Mexico which he co-founded with colleague and partner Gabriel Beristain ASC, BSC. 

  • Executive Producers Craig Kelly

    Craig has over 20 years’ experience in African media as a director, producer and entrepreneur – as a pioneer of quality African TV production in the 90s and more recently; rich media mobile services. Craig’s outfit –  AfricaXP - is the leading creator and supplier of custom designed themed TV Channels for African broadcasters as well as broadcasters to the African diaspora worldwide.

    Ron Perlman

    Ron Perlman is a classically-trained actor who has appeared in countless stage plays, feature films and television productions.

    Sacha Rodriguez

    A Producer for over 25 years, In the 90's Sacha established Sydney production house Ha! Ha! GAS and went on to manage large-scale television productions, live concerts and events for MTV networks in America, before completing a Post Graduate at the VCA School of Film and Television to dvelop and produce documentaries feature films,  documentaries and television series.

    Alfred Scott

    Original Founder - Film Forge Capital

    Kreesha Turner

    Canadian born Singer and Actress.

  • Technical
    Sound Mix Dolby Digital
    Color B&W | Color
    Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
    Camera Red
    Post Production United Finishing Artists
    Printed Film Format DCP