Huber Matos (26 November 1918 – 27 February 2014) was a Cuban dissident activist and writer. Previously, he had been a revolutionary who assisted Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and other members of the 26th of July Movement (M-26-7) in successfully overthrowing the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista as part of the Cuban Revolution. Matos had opposed Batista since the general’s effective coup in 1952, which he regarded as unconstitutional, but became increasingly critical of the movement’s shift towards Marxist principles, and closening ties with leaders of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). Convicted of “treason and sedition” by the new Castro regime, he would spend 20 years in prison (1959–1979) before being released in 1979.
Celebrating Life in Union, narrated by Andy Garcia is a one-hour documentary about a group of cuban former political prisoners who fought with Fidel Castro, and later after Huber Matos, the third high ranking officer of the Fidel Castro revolution resigned, these men fought against Fidel Castro and were jailed, abuse and tortured.
Producer of Celebrating Life in Union, Gladys Bensimon shares the similarities of what occured in Cuba 1959 and the atrocieties the Venezuelan people are undergoing right now.
Remembering Col Cornelio Rojas Fernandez
Barbara Rangel, Col Rojas granddaughter and grandson Silvio Gonzalez. Producer & Director Agustin Blazquez, Author, Brian LFrench, Musician, Steve Pichan and Humberto Fontova, author of numerous books and expert on Totalitarian and Dictatorial regimes. Col. Cornelio Rojas Fernandez born in Cuba in the 1900’s His aspirations were to become a military man like his ancestors, after graduation, he began his military career in Cuba’s National Police where he was a Captain, Commander then General Inspector of Cuba’s National Police. With hard work and dedication he became the Chief of Police for the Leoncio Vidal Regiment in Santa Clara. Col Rojas was a pillar of his community, known for his public service and philanthropy, Col. Rojas had a great heart and strong family values. In 1931, he fought for democracy against dictator Gerardo Machado as group leader under Manuel Balan. He came from a line of distinguished patriots, Mambises that fought in Cuba’s War on Independence against Spain. His father Lt. Col. Cornelio Rojas Escobar joined the war of 1895-1898 and his grandfather, Brigadier Col. Cornelio Rojas Hurtado was a 3 Star General that fought in the 3 wars: The Ten-Years War, The Small War and the War of Independence against Spain. When the war ended on 08/24/1898 he was promoted to Brigadier General, he died of natural causes at the age of 88. In January 1959 Castro imposed communism in Cuba and Col. Cornelio Rojas who was Chief of Police in Santa Clara, went missing. Later the family found out that Che Guevara, had occupied Santa Clara and had arrested him for being a high ranking officer. Meanwhile, the Rojas family receives a comunicado a “salvo conducto” from Guevara himself, explaining that no harm would come to Col. Rojas. On January 7,1959 only days after his capture, while the Rojas family was watching television regular programming was interrupted to exhibit the live execution of Col. Cornelio Rojas.
Agustin Blazquez – Cuban Filmmaker of Documentry “COVERING CUBA 7: Che Guevara. The other side of an Icon“
Steve Pichan – songwriter / recording artist of “You don’t know Che“
Humberto Fontova – Author of book “Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him“
Brian Llyod French – Author of book “Mojito!“
TWO DE FORCE
TWO DE FORCE is a story of the clash of two super powers: United States vs China. Everyone knows about the US debt to China, regardless of political affiliation this is a problem for all Americans and the world as it has serious repercussions. Director and Producer Orestes Matacena does not preach to the audience rather he wants every American, and movie goer around the world to consider the real implication and consequences for us in a global scale. When viewing America’s current financial situation, some may shift the blame on former President Bush and Republicans in general. But nobody can deny the hard facts about our present and growing debt. President Obama’s administration focuses on wealthy Americans paying their fair share in taxes which they claim is not the case and that the USA should not maintain a “world power” status. Here is where both parties may disagree producing dynamic reactions. However, there are people on both sides of the fence who simply love America and what she represents to the world and mourn seeing the US spiraling downward further and further into mounting debt. Matacena’s lense focuses on the bigger picture politically and much of what takes place behind-the-scenes while the world sleeps. The trailer is designed to entice people to want the whole picture. It will take the audience on a “bumpy ride” as the film delivers a powerful message concerning all Americans and the world in an entertaining way. It has politics, action, drama and humor palatable for a wide range of moviegoers, regardless of age, gender, race, religion,etc. Whether people are in agreement or not, TWO DE FORCE will have people talking and thinking.
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Marta and Friends on Cubanarama
Operation Peter Pan was coordinated by the U.S. Government (The US State Dept. The CIA and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and some Cubans. Cubans feared that the Communist regime would terminate their parental rights, indoctrinate their children and/or ship them to Soviet concentration camps.
Marta on Cubanarama
MY LIFE IN CUBA UNDER THE COMMUNIST REGIME
The title says it all!