Frenemies: Cuba and the US Embargo
Frenemies is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of the close yet conflicted relationship between the United States and Cuba from 1940-2020. How much longer can this small Caribbean island survive the longest embargo in history? Can any economy survive such an all-encompassing blockade?
For almost 60 years it has been painfully difficult for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba. With the loosening of some travel restrictions at the end of the Obama administration, many U.S. citizens visited the island for the first time. In Frenemies we hear these eye-opening experiences in Cuba, as well as experiences and insights from subjects who have had longer term relationships with this small Caribbean country. We also hear from talented but frustrated native Cuban artists living on the island.
Contemporary and historical events on the island and in the United States relate to personal opinions of our speaking subjects .The film uses their personal experiences to carry the spectator through a lively discussion that rebuilds the Cuban Revolution, achievements of the Revolutionary government, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and the Missile Crisis.Through their diverse and engaging analysis, audiences can understand anti-communist expressions as they still appear in renewed form in the United States nowadays.The film travels through history making use of archival footage along with footage captured in contemporary Cuba, and bringing the audience to 2019.
Frenemies’ subjects discuss the embargo. The Cuban people are hanging by a thin thread. Decades of economic isolation have worn out the island and the morale of Cubans who still resist to keep their sovereignty. The United Nations has voted almost thirty times for the embargo to be lifted. The embargo is a human rights issue that affects 11.4 million Cubans living in Cuba, 1.5 million Cuban Americans in Florida and 340,000 in other U.S. states whose families remain in Cuba. Frenemies presents a compelling argument for why this embargo should be lifted.