Women Visualizing Africa Film Series: Documentary: Cuba: An African Odyssey


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  • Host Department: Comparative Literature
  • Date: 03/06/2012
  • Time: 04:00PM - 06:00PM

  • Location: 4pm, 2435 North Quad, 105 South State Street

  • Description: In this documentary, El-Tahri returns to the unforgotten and untold story of the intense relationship between Cuba and the continent of Africa. This revealing, award-winning documentary adds to our understanding of the Cold War through its least-known context: Africa. From 1961 to 1991, the Dark Continent was a battleground for four different competing interests. From Che Guevara’s efforts in the Congo to the triumphant battle at Cuito Cuanavale, Cuba: An African Odyssey tells the story of those internationalists who won their battles but ultimately lost the War.
    French w/ English subtitles.
    Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Jihan El-Tahri is a French and Egyptian national. “In 1984, she received her BA in Political Science, and in 1986 her MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. She worked as a news correspondent with U.S. News and World Report and Reuters, TV researcher, and associate producer in Tunisia, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Algeria, and Egypt between 1984 to 1990. As a correspondent, El-Tahri covered politics in the Middle East.”