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Havana Glasgow Film Festival

Fidel Up Close + Q&A with Eduardo Flores Torres

Tue 16 November 2021

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English subtitling

Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

Hearing loop

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man in a blue shirt with a beard looks into the mid distance with the ocean behind him.

Fidel Up Close

Fidel Up Close delves into the lesser known facets of Fidel Castro’s personal and intimate life from the perspective of those closest to him, including his children, close family members, delegates and employees.

The documentary spans Fidel’s early years, when he started a movement that led to the popular insurgency which defeated Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista and features rare, never before publicly released footage, such as that of the yacht ‘Granma’ in 1956, which Fidel used to sail from Mexico to Cuba alongside Che Guevara, his brother Raul and 82 dreamers, marking the start of the Cuban Revolution.

Fidel Up Close touches on historical facts of Castro’s life over half a century of ongoing debates, attacks, praise and admiration for the man who shaped Cuba into a new type of country. The film provides a glimpse into who the man behind the uniform was; a man who transformed a small island into one of the world leaders in education, health and social equality with a strong international stance.

Eduardo Flores Torres, Gabriel Beristain, Roberto Chile I Cuba 2021 I 1h30m I English I Doc I PG


Fidel de cerca explora los aspectos menos conocidos de la vida personal e íntima de Fidel Castro, desde la perspectiva de los más cercanos a él - sus hijos, sus familiares cercanos, sus delegados y sus empleados. El documental sigue los primeros años de la carrera de Fidel, cuando empezó el movimiento que se convirtió en la insurgencia popular que derrotó al dictador cubano Fulgencio Batista, y muestra imágenes únicas que nunca antes se habían hecho públicas, como esas del yate ‘Granma’ en 1956, utilizado por Fidel para navegar desde México hasta Cuba, en compañía de Che Guevara, su hermano Raul y 82 soñadores, marcando los comienzos de la revolución cubana.

Fidel de cerca toca sobre hechos históricos de la vida de Castro, a lo largo de medio siglo de debate, ataque, alabanza y admiración por el hombre que cambió Cuba. El documental ofrece un vistazo del hombre detrás del uniforme; un hombre que transformó una pequeña isla en uno de los líderes mundiales en educación, salud, e igualdad social.

Havana Glasgow Film Festival

Celebrating Cuban film and culture in Havana’s twin city of Glasgow

Our seventh edition focuses on the resourcefulness and extraordinariness of Cuba during one of the toughest points in its history in a hybrid Festival of online and live screenings.

Highlights include a Friday evening programme of films and discussion relating to Cuba’s unique approach to sustainability. Rebecca Heidenberg, Director of Queens of the Revolution will join us for a live streamed Q&A on Sunday night to discuss her portrait of a cultural centre that paved the road for LGBTQ+ rights in Cuba. Our featured director this year is acclaimed filmmaker Arturo Sotto and we will screen four of his films including the film noir Nido de Mantes / Mantis Nest.

Online Festival Passes, costing £15 / £7.50 allow access to all our online films, with an additional cost of £0/£2/£4/£6/£8 for live events at CCA on a pay-what-you-can basis.

For full programme details, visit our website

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8:05pm — 10:05pm




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English subtitling

Wheelchair accessible

Hearing loop

Tickets no longer available

Additional info:

English with English subtitles / Inglés con subtítulos en inglés