Synopsis by Mark Deming
Fidel Castro rose to power in Cuba as a champion of the common man. In 1959, he led a revolution which seized control of the island nation from the estimably corrupt Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar and promised to put economic and political control back into the hands of the Cuban people. However, after Castro became Cuba's unquestioned leader, he quickly began to cut all ties with America, nationalizing the many U.S.-based businesses which had flourished under the Batista regime, and formed an alliance with the Soviet Union, which put the weapons of America's fiercest enemy a mere 90 miles from the coast of Florida. Castro also began a aggressive campaign to silence political opposition within his nation. While under Soviet support Cuba provided fine education and health care for its people, after the fall of the U.S.S.R. Cuba was forced to make do with its own devices, and at the dawn of the 21st Century, Fidel Castro, the last Soviet-style Communist leader still in power, presided over a nation with a highly uncertain future. The Red Masters, Vol. 2: Fidel Castro -- Betrayed Hope is a documentary which offers a detailed look at his remarkable history as well as his precarious present.