Jordan Allott is Founder and Executive Producer for In Altum Productions, a Washington D.C based film and video production company. Through In Altum Productions, Mr. Allott has produced documentary projects with themes ranging from Catholic spirituality and religious freedom to Cuban and American politics. IAP has worked with organizations including: The George W. Bush Institute, USAID, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Pan-American Development Foundation and International Relief and Development, among many others. In 2010 Mr. Allott and In Altum Productions released Oscar’s Cuba, a 60-minute documentary about imprisoned Cuban human rights advocate and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize finalist Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet. The acclaimed documentary has been screened across Europe, the United States and South America, including during a 25-stop university tour. Members of Congress, ambassadors and mayors of U.S. and European cities hosted additional screenings. Mr. Allott’s work has been seen globally on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), CNN International, Telemundo and Univision and has been featured by media outlets globally, including the G. Gordon Liddy Radio Show.
Mr. Allott has also written opinion pieces for National Review, the Washington Times, the American Spectator and Catholic World Report. Additionally, Mr. Allott’s work has screened at several film festivals across the United States and Canada, including the Washington, D.C. Independent Film Festival. Mr. Allott is a 2012 National Review Institute Washington D.C. Fellow. Mr. Allott was born in Reading, England, received a B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy and Film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and resides in McLean, Virginia.
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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.
My Co Host: Monica Rosales Executive Director of DOCMIAMI.ORG The organization is dedicated to promoting the best that documentary film making has to offer worldwide.
“BURMA: AN INDICTMENT” – Watching the film and seeing the extent of the suffering, one can only begin to grasp the level of greed and corruption employed by the military regime’s control.
“It’s a real shame. Burma has the largest reserves of gas in Southeast Asia—she’s rich in rubies and jadeite, but Burma is the poorest country outside of Africa. Senior General Than Shwe and his cohorts are plundering Burma’s wealth for themselves.” The film coherently explains the historical background of how Burma was a peaceful democracy after gaining independence from Britain following World War II. However, in 1962, a military general staged a coup and established the ruling junta, effectively ending freedom and legitimate democracy in the country. “Every time Burma’s people and clergy march in the street seeking democracy, freedom, and human rights, they get gunned down. The junta doesn’t care if they shoot thousands and thousands of people dead. They’ve done it before; they’ll do it again. The people know it. They’re living in fear. They’re terrified.”