Cuba: Castro vs the World
BBC Two
★★★★☆

Little Birds
Sky Atlantic/Now TV
★★★☆☆

Did you know that Fidel Castro was a fan of Peter Benchley’s Jaws? As he saw it, the book was a Marxist metaphor highlighting the uncaring heart of capitalism. The dollars-for-eyes mayor of Amity refuses to lock down the shark-terrorised beaches because he puts the local economy above the safety of its residents. A certain modern parallel writes itself; suffice to say, the Cuban leader’s approach to Covid wouldn’t have been hard to guess.

Castro’s ideals never wavered on the whims of political weather

Castro’s ideals never wavered on the whims of political weather

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Castro’s enthusiasm for Jaws is also illustrative of the first-rate details peppered through Cuba: Castro vs the World. If a straightforward history documentary is only as good as its interviewees, this one had ex-Cuban Intelligence

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