January 25, 2002

Showtime to Premiere "Fidel," First Film to Primarily Explore Life of Fidel Castro

Two-Part Miniseries Chronicles Life and rise to Power of Cuba's Leader

The controversial life and rise to power of Fidel Castro are the subjects of the Show-time Original Miniseries FIDEL. The first film to primarily explore the life of Fidel Castro, FIDEL, premieres exclusively on Sunday, January 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and Monday, January 28 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Its all-Latino cast includes Victor Huggo Martin ("La Calle de las Novias," "Sex, Shame & Tears") in the title role. Gael Garcia Bernal ("Amores Perros"), Patricia Velasquez ("The Mummy," "The Mummy Returns"), Cecilia Suarez ("Dreaming of Julia" "Todo Por Amor"), Maurice Compte ("The Substitute," "The Dream Catcher") and Tony Plana ("JFK," "Picking up the Pieces," SHOWTIME's Noriega: God's Favorite and Resurrection Blvd) also star. FIDEL is directed by David Attwood ("Shot Through the Heart") from a screenplay by Stephen Tolkin based on the books, Guerilla Prince written by Georgie Anne Geyer and Fidel Castro by Robert E. Quirk.

FIDEL details the life of the man behind the myth beginning with Castro (Martin) as a young student who has been heavily influenced by the stories of José Marti, the Cuban revolutionary who helped liberate his country from Spain in the late 1800's. When drinking U.S. Marines deface Marti's statue, Castro and his brother Raul (Compte) rush to defend the honor of their hero. Tired of what they perceive to be U.S. imperialism, the brothers join the opposition party and later establish a band of rebels whose early coup attempts fail. During Fidel's self-imposed exile in Mexico, he meets Che Guevara and over 100 men set sail for Cuba and the revolution begins.

Immediately following Monday's airing of part two of FIDEL, Showtime will premiere the documentary Dreaming a New Cuba at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT). Produced by New York Times Television, this documentary is a slice-of-life portrait of contemporary Cuba with filmmakers following Cuban citizens through their daily lives. The subjects share their thoughts, dreams and hopes for the Cuba that is emerging in the 21st Century. The film is directed by Ariel Semmel and produce by Liane.

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