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World; Cuba, Sports and Revolution


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Cuba, Sports and Revolution
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Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

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Since 1972, the small island of Cuba, its population no larger than New York, has moved from 53rd place to 8th place at the Olympic medal table. Among developing nations, Cuba stands alone. What has made this possible? Using the most exacting training regimes from Russia and East European countries, Cuba has built on their natural talent to excel in world competition. Cuba's history of colonialism and slavery has left deep scars...and a need to excel.



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Broadcast program

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Global Affairs
Chicago: “World; Cuba, Sports and Revolution,” 02/23/1978, GBH Archives, accessed March 5, 2024,
MLA: “World; Cuba, Sports and Revolution.” 02/23/1978. GBH Archives. Web. March 5, 2024. <>.
APA: World; Cuba, Sports and Revolution. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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