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Discovery, AHC follow 50 years of Castro

U.S. net American Heroes Channel and Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic will present the life of Cuban politician and revolutionary Fidel Castro (pictured) later this year.
July 30, 2015

U.S. net American Heroes Channel (AHC) and Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic (DLA/USH) will present a one-hour doc on the life of Cuban politician and revolutionary Fidel Castro (pictured) later this year.

Tentatively titled Castro: The World’s Most Watched Man, the Pacha Films-produced documentary is to share the controversial life story of one of the world’s most infamous political figures from the perspective of the spies, KGB agents, CIA analysts and Cuban exiles who watched his every move for more than 50 years.

The film is to examine the 50-year political career of Castro from young revolutionary who, with a small guerilla militia, managed to dethrone a corrupt dictatorship to being the target of an alleged 600 assassinations. The film will interweave recreations, declassified documents and exclusive interviews with former CIA agents Brian Latell and Felix Rodriguez, retired KGB agents Nicolai Leonov and Oleg Nechiporenko, and Cuban exile Antonio Veciana, who was head of the anti-Castro movement in Miami Alpha 66.

Luis del Valle serves as executive producer for Pacha Films, with William Hicklin as director. Michela Giorelli is to exec produce for DLA/USH, while Max Culhane will exec produce for AHC.

Castro: The World’s Most Watched Man is to premiere on AHC in quarter four of 2015, and on Discovery Networks International’s factual channels across 220 countries and territories this fall.

“The timely news of Cuba and the U.S. restoring relations, along with Castro’s deteriorating health conditions, opens up a momentous opportunity for us to document this iconic and unfolding story,” said Kevin Bennett, exec VP and GM of AHC, said in a statement.

“AHC is dedicated to telling the stories of not just heroes, but all of history’s most legendary characters,” Bennett added.

“Without a doubt, Fidel Castro is a controversial figure who has had an impact on generations of Cubans in and outside the island, as well as many people across Latin America,” added Enrique Martínez, president and MD of DLA/USH and Canada. “This original production will deliver a unique perspective into the character of this polemic leader that is bound to spark robust discussions regarding his legacy and place in history.”

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