August 26, 2016
If people in the United States have heard the name Guantanamo they will most likely associate it with the notorious US military prison camp, situated on the island of Cuba, where hundreds of people were detained and tortured as suspected terrorists in President Bush’s “war on terror”. The debate still continues over how to close the camp and what to do about the remaining 80 detainees. But there is a deeper issue, about the very presence of the base in Cuba.
All Guantanamo is Ours, a 37 minute film with English subtitles, shows the perspective and sentiment of the Cuban people, in particular those living in the towns around Guantanamo, about the illegal occupation of the U.S. Naval Base. The film is unique in revealing what the occupation looked like before and after the Cuban revolution in 1959. The protagonists in this documentary are the people living there who with their voices denounce this injustice convinced that one day that territory will be returned to Cuba.
In a recent interview, Josefina Vidal, Ministry of Foreign Relations General Director for the United States explained the significance of Guantanamo. "The occupation of the Naval Base is illegal and it is occupied against the will of the government and the people of Cuba who since 1959 have been demanding its return. That is why until Cuba can recuperate Guantanamo's total sovereignty and control we will not be able to say that there are normal relations between Cuba and the United States."
Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2uGKOz9BLM&feature=youtu.be