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La Historia Me Absolvera

Fortnight 1977, Feature film, 2h34


As a filmmaker and a journalist specialized in Latin-American issues, I had felt a need for several years to make a film in which Fidel Castro himself would relate the story of the Cuban revolution. A great number of books and other information, usually critical and polemical, ae available to foreigners, but almost always written by outside observers. I felt that it would be also interesting to hear (and show) what Fidel Castro had to say about it. The military aid Cuba gave to Angola, once again brought up this delicate subject and strengthened my desire to make this film. Fidel Castro was to come to Sweden if the social-democrates had not lost the elections. The Swedish Television TV2 was already interested in this project and offered to produce the film : this was my chance. I went to Cuba and asked Fidel if he would speak about the Cuban issue in front of the cameras. He enthusiastically accepted. Gaetano PAGANO


Gaetano Pagano

Born in Italy in 1925, Gaetano Pagano studied engineering and political economy. He then worked in journalism, research and economical planning in Italy from 1952 to 1954, in Mexico from 1954 to 1961 and in Cuba from 1961 to 1969. He was correspondent for the Cuban press in Italy from 1969 to 1972, and then worked as an independent producer for the Swedish channel TV2.

Anders Ribbsjö

Dick Idestam-Almquist

Dick Idestam-Almquist

Production : SVERIGES RADIO AB – TV2 (Lena Wenuberg)

Title in Original Version : L'Histoire M'absoudra