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Cuba with Simon Reeve

Simon Reeve heads to Cuba to find a communist country in the middle of a capitalist revolution and asks if the new economic openness could lead to political liberalisation.

Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to Cuba to find a communist country in the middle of a capitalist revolution. Two years ago Cuba announced the most sweeping and radical economic reforms the country has seen in decades. From ending state rationing to cutting one million public-sector jobs, one of the last communist bastions in the world has begun rolling back the state on an unprecedented scale. Simon Reeve meets ordinary Cubans whose lives are being transformed, from the owners of fledgling businesses to the newly rich estate agents selling properties worth up to £750,000.

In this documentary for the BBC's award-winning This World strand, Simon gets under the skin of a colourful and vibrant country famous for its hospitality and humour and asks if this new economic openness could lead to political liberalisation in a totalitarian country with a poor human rights record. Will Cuba be able to maintain the positive aspects of its long isolation under socialism - low crime, top-notch education and one of the best health systems in the world - while embracing what certainly looks like capitalism? Is this the last chance to see Cuba before it becomes just like any other country?

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Simon Reeve
Director Tom McCarthy
Producer Tom McCarthy
Series Producer Sarah Waldron
Executive Producer Sam Bagnall
Production Manager Theresa Lydon

Broadcasts

  • Tue 11 Dec 2012 21:00
  • Sun 16 Dec 2012 17:00
  • Sun 16 Dec 2012 18:00
  • Sun 1 Dec 2013 19:00
  • Tue 15 Sep 2015 00:00
  • Sun 4 Feb 2018 20:00
  • Mon 5 Feb 2018 01:45

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