The Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County will show the film “Fidel!” (1968, USA) by filmmaker Saul Landau Wednesday, July 15, at 6 p.m. The free screening, the third in the Cuba Film Series, will take place in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

“Fidel!” provides a unique view of Cuba's controversial and most polarizing leader. In 1968, Fidel Castro took filmmaker and activist Saul Landau on a weeklong jeep ride through the eastern mountains. There, he plays baseball with a group of peasants, visits his pre-school and trades jokes with a 98-year-old man. He also listens to the people's concerns about food distribution, bad roads and transportation.

The film contains rare and fascinating archive footage of the Bay of Pigs invasion and scenes of Che Guevara, alongside interviews with political prisoners. Spectacular photography and editing with hot Cuban music provide the cinematic aesthetics that give this film beautiful form to accompany its exciting content.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.