EMBARGO chronicles the story of the politics and collusion behind the Cuban embargo; its history, impact and evolution.
Embargo documents the journey of an American woman, Jeri Rice's quest for truth, beginning with a rare encounter with Cuban President, Fidel Castro in 2002, when the Communist leader confesses to her that the utopia he tried to create, did not succeed and he was unable to fix it. Rice sets out to find out why her country's unprecedented embargo of Cuba has persisted unabated, long after the Cold War.
Along with information from recently declassified documents and original interviews with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Sergei Khrushchev, Ted Sorensen, and Lucie Arnaz—among others—an unprecedented array of historical, political, social and cultural perspectives is revealed. New insights into: the Fulgencio Batista-Richard Nixon- CIA connections; Nixon’s link to the failed Bay of Pig invasion; behind the scenes with Ted Sorensen during the Cuban Missile Crisis; Watergate and more….
The film's compelling truths ultimately link the threads of an untold history, as it exposes a foreign policy that has failed both countries. Now is a time of change between Cuba and the United States – forward or backward, and the future of the embargo hangs in the balance. A new Cold War developing with the threat of nuclear confrontations, Embargo’s relevance to today’s political climate is a perfect point to begin a new conversation.
ANN LOUISE BARDACH: Author; FRANK MANKIEWICZ: Press Secretary for RFK Jr.; LAURENCE WILKERSON: Chief of Staff to Colin Powell; LUCIE ARNAZ: Daughter of Desi Arnaz and Lucile Ball; ROBERT KENNEDY, JR: Son of RFK; SERGEI KHRUSHCHEV: Son of Nikita Khrushchev; TED SORENSEN: Speech writer for JFK; RUSS BAKER: Author; PETER KORNBLUH: Director of the Cuba Project, National Security Archives, GWU; JOSE PERTIERRA: Human rights lawyer; JORGE M. PEREZ: Developer and philanthropist; and ANTONIO ZAMORA: Former corporate council to the Cuban American Foundation; PRESIDENT RICARDO ALARCON; T. J. ENGLISH: Author; RON KLEIN: Former US Congressman; MAX LESNIK: Journalist; Rep. JIM McDERMOTT: Former US Congressman; JACK O'HALLORAN: Son of Albert Anastasia; NOMI PRINS: Author; LAMAR WALDRON: Author; and STEPHEN ZACK: Former President of the American Bar Association. NIELS REYES CADALSO: Cuban contemporary artist.
EMBARGO a documentary film:
JERI RICE: Co-Writer, Director, Producer, and Executive Producers; ARIS ANAGNOS, GERALYN WHITE DREYFOUS - Academy Award Winner, KATHLEEN R. LEWIS, JORGE M. PEREZ, GREGORY D. LUTIN, SUZANNE THOMPSON. Co-Producers; JOANNA CHARNES, TODD SALI - Cinematography, Co-Writers; MARK MONROE - Academy Award Winner, JERI RICE, Editors; ALEX CHAVEZ, DANNY DANEAU, ZACH GOUZ, RAJEANA PRICE, Associate Producers; ALISON NAROD, ROBERT PASKUS, SOFIA BAUM, AND DARIUS FISHER, Original Sound Track and Music Supervision; KULLY B and GUSSY G.
About Jeri Rice...
Jeri Rice is a first time film director. From a thirty year successful career in the fashion industry, Jeri changed course. In 2002, Jeri was invited to travel to Cuba with 40 influential women from the Pacific Northwest, the University of Washington, and U.S. Senator, Maria Cantwell. The group was met by Fidel Castro and this prompted Jeri to ask the question, "Why does the U.S. still have an embargo against Cuba?" Embargo is the result of fourteen years of research. From fashion to foreign policy and finally to the art of filmmaking, Jeri's passion for truth telling is the final result.
EMBARGO cast & crew
EMBARGO cast & crew
EMBARGO a documentary film
JERI RICE co-writer, director, producer, and executive producer
ARIS ANAGNOS executive producer
GERALYN WHITE DREYFOUS executive producer
KATHLEEN R. LEWIS executive producer
JORGE M. PEREZ executive producer
GREGORY D. LUTIN executive producer
SUZANNE THOMPSON executive producer
JOANNA CHARNES co-producer
TODD SALI co-producer, cinematography
MARK MONROE co-writer
ALEXIS CHAVEZ editor
DANNY DANEAU editor
ZACH GOUZ editor
RAJEANA PRICE editor
ALISON NAROD associate producer
ROBERT PASKUS associate producer
DARIUS FISHER associate producer
KULLY B and GUSSY G original sound track and music supervision;
ANN LOUISE BARTACH
ROBERT KENNEDY, JR.
JORGE M. PEREZ
PRESIDENT RICARDO ALARCON
T. J. ENGLISH
CONGRESSMAN JIM McDERMOTT
COL. LAURENCE B. WILKERSON
NIELS REYES CADALSO