Havana, Cuba, Apr 21.- ‘Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up!’ is the new documentary by U.S. journalist and filmmaker Saul Landau that had its premiere last Saturday at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, United States, where people learned more details about the unjust imprisonment of five Cuban antiterrorists who remain in U.S. jails since 1998.
According to a note published in the website of the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 (www.thecuban5.org), the documentary —screened on the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-backed mercenary invasion of Bay of Pigs—includes interviews with self-confessed terrorists Luis Posada-Carriles and Orlando Bosch, as well as recently filmed cameos of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and U.S. actor and activist Danny Glover. It also features archival footage of Cuba and a rare recorded interview from prison with Gerardo Hernandez, one of the Cuban Five —as these five men are internationally known.
The note adds that Alicia Jrapko, from the International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5, welcomed the audience and thanked Saul Landau for his great contribution with the making of the documentary.
“For all of us involved in the struggle to free the Cuban 5, the documentary will be an important tool to explain the reasons why these five men came to the United States,” she said.
Present in the audience were Gayle McLaughlin, the Mayor of Richmond who has been very supportive of the case, John Burton, chairman of the California Democratic Party, Tony Gonzalez, Director of the American Indian Movement West, and Dr James Cockcroft, historian and author.
After the screening of the film, Danny Glover took the stage and gave an inspiring and philosophical speech about how the empire is destroying the planet and is on the verge of collapsing. A particularly moving moment of his talk was when he mentioned that he had the honor to visit Gerardo Hernandez with Saul Landau on three occasions. He described Gerardo as an example of what it is to be human in the highest sense of that word.
Later on, Saul Landau responded to a number of questions from the audience. People were made aware that just a few days ago, Luis Posada Carriles, a man responsible for numerous terrorist actions against Cuba, was recently acquitted by a jury in El Paso, Texas.
Responding to one of the questions from the audience, Landau mentioned the hypocrisy of the US war on terror. “…the terrorists are free while the anti-terrorists are locked up,” he pointed out.
Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez, Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez were arrested in Miami in 1998 and given harsh and unjust sentences for monitoring anti-Cuba extreme right-wing groups that were planning and carrying out terrorist attacks against the Caribbean nation. (acn).
Radio Cadena Agramonte