Cuba: An African Odyssey

Director: Jihan El-Tahri
Country: Egypt, South Africa, and France
Year: 2006-2007
Running Time: 118 min.
Language: French, English, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish

Cuba: An African Odyssey, Jihan El Tahir, France, 2006-2007, 118 min.

From Che Guevara’s military campaign to avenge Lumumba in the Congo up to the fall of apartheid in South Africa, 300,000 Cubans fought alongside African revolutionaries. Cuba: An African Odyssey is the previously untold story of Cuba’s support for various African revolutions, one of the Cold War’s most vigorous contests over resources and ideology. This film attempts to understand the world today through the saga of these Cuban internationalists who won every battle but ultimately lost the war.

About the Director

Jihan El-Tahri

Biography: Jihan El-Tahri is an Egyptian writer, director, and producer. After receiving a degree in political science from the American University in Cairo, she worked as a news correspondent for British and American newspapers, covering the Middle East and Africa. In 1990, El-Tahri began directing and producing documentaries for French television and international broadcasters. She has produced and directed numerous documentaries, including the award-winning film Behind the Rainbow. She also produced and directed the acclaimed documentary Cuba: An African Odyssey and the Emmy-nominated House of Saud. Jihan’s other accomplishments include being a member of the Executive Bureau of FEPACI (Federation of Pan-African Cinema) and the Secretary General of the Guild of African filmmakers in the Diaspora.

(Sources:
http://jihaneltahri.com/
Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.113)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Cuba: An African Odyssey (2008);
Behind the Rainbow (2009);
Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs (2016).

Filmography:
Heaven Can Wait (Date unknown);
Terrorism (Date unknown);
Arafat: Behind the Myth (Date unknown);
The Fundamental Question (Date unknown);
Do they Feel My Shadow (Date unknown);
Le Jour de drapeau (Date unknown);
Enfance enchaînée (Date unknown);
Le Coran et la Kalashnikov (1990-94);
Voleurs d’organes (1990-94);
The Spiral Tribe: Rave Parties in UK (1990-94);
Abortion in Ireland (1990-94);
Algérie: la vie malgré tout (1990-94);
Holidays in Hell (1995-98);
Israel and the Arabs (1995-98);
L’Afrique en morceaux: la tragédie des grands lacs (1998);
54 heures d’angoisse (2000);
Histoire d’un suicide: Pierre Bérégovoy (2001);
Viewpoints on AIDS (2002);
The Price of Aid (2003);
House of Saud (2005);
Cuba: An African Odyssey (2006);
Behind the Rainbow (2009);
Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs (2014).