Delve into the historic moment Fidel Castro delivered the longest-ever UN General Assembly speech, using the platform to denounce U.S. imperialism and defend the Cuban Revolution, in a defining Cold War era showdown.
Fidel Castro's Epic 1960 UN Speech - Historic, Defiant, Revealing
This thought-provoking documentary episode provides a unique insight into one of the United Nations General Assembly's most memorable moments, when Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader of Cuba, defied convention by delivering an unprecedented 269-minute speech on 26 September 1960. This address not only set the record for the longest speech in the General Assembly's history but also came at a critical juncture, just a year after the Cuban Revolution which saw the ousting of U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Castro's marathon address was a fervent critique of U.S. imperialism, highlighting its undue interference in Latin American affairs and its support for authoritarian regimes within the region. Leveraging archival footage from the UN Audiovisual Library, the documentary vividly brings to life the intense atmosphere of the assembly hall, capturing the essence of Castro's powerful oration and the international tensions of the era. This episode not only revisits a pivotal moment in UN history but also sheds light on the broader geopolitical dynamics of the Cold War period.