March 25-27, 2011
Crowne Plaza, Austin, Texas

A newly released documentary will be featured at the National Latino Congreso in Austin, Texas

Saturday, March 26th at 8:00 p.m.

“Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up!”

Produced by Emmy-Award Winner Saul Landau will be featured at the upcoming Congreso Latino. Nelson Valdés, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico and one of the many people interviewed in the documentary will be present at the screening to respond to any questions by the audience (see brief bio below)


In April 1961, the CIA sent a force of Cuban exiles to overthrow the Cuban government. This resulted in the Bay of Pigs Fiasco. Fifty years later, a new documentary shows that US-backed violence against Cuba continued for decades. The new film, with Danny Glover, anti-Cuba terrorists, and Fidel Castro himself (filmed recently) is combined with fascinating archival footage and a rare recorded interview from prison with one of the Cuban 5. These men are serving long sentences in US prisons for trying to stop terrorism against tourist sites in their country.

“Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up!” provides every professor and specialist with an invaluable teaching and learning tool about US-Cuba policy and the history of terrorism in that policy. It also explains the story of and context for the “Cuban 5,” the Cuban agents who penetrated Miami exile groups to stop their plans for violence against the island, and ended up in US prisons.” Julia Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“It’s a real Who’s Who of key figures in the more than half-century-long grudge match over Cuba.” Tracey Eaton former Dallas Morning News’ Bureau Chief, Havana

Brief biography of Nelson Valdés: Cuban by birth, Professor Nelson Valdés first came to the US at age 15 and has maintained continuous contacts with family and associates on the island since then. In 1970 he was the first to translate the speeches of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara into English. He has written extensively on the politics and development in Cuba, Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America. Professor Valdés is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico and the creator and Director of the first university computerized database on Latin America, the LATIN AMERICA DATA BASE which he directed from 1986-1996. He also created the Cuba-L listserver in 1992 which continues to run on a daily basis. Nelson Valdés is considered by other Cuba experts to be the living Encyclopedia on Cuba and US-Cuba relations.