Upon learning of legendary documentary filmmaker, author, and activist Saul Landau’s passing one week ago on September 9, 2013, we at Global Exchange honor and celebrate the life of this remarkable man.
Landau’s prolific body of work includes more than 40 documentaries and 14 books spanning from an intimate documentary portrait of Fidel Castro, to the indigenous uprising in Chiapas, to the effects of nuclear radiation exposure. Landau’s work was educational, thought provoking, and an inspiration to all of us at Global Exchange.
In particular, Saul Landau was deeply connected to Cuba, and expressed with great clarity the failings of U.S. foreign policy towards the island nation. In addition to his portrait of Fidel Castro, he recently released the documentary “Will The Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?” regarding the case of the Cuban Five, and at the time of his death was working on a project about homophobia in Cuba.
Recalling Saul’s presence and force, Global Exchange co-founder Kirsten Moller said,
“I remember sitting in a room of activists discussing U.S. policy to Cuba during the the “Special Period” of economic hardship in Cuba as we were trying to find ways to change U.S. policy without glossing over the real problems in Cuba ... and there was this man there who just knew so much, was so deeply committed to the goals of the revolution and suffered no fools... I remember thinking, ‘Who is this guy?’ of course later we met, and it was the one and only Saul.”
We honor Saul Landau’s work in both the movement to normalize relations with Cuba and his untiring work to promote justice and equality in all parts of the world. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Take action and leave your tribute to Saul at the Institute for Policy Studies tribute page and if you are based in DC please consider attending the Institute for Policy Studies’ 50th anniversary where Saul will be honored.
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