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Fidel is a 1971 documentary that provides a sympathetic and up close portrait of the Cuban leader. Filmmaker Saul Landau received an invitation to follow Castro as he tours Cuba 10 years after the Marxist revolution. The film gives American viewers an opportunity to experience Castro's popularity and charisma among the Cuban citizens. Whether touring a farm collective or playing baseball with locals, Castro connects with the Cuban population showing great humor, intelligence and commitment to their well-being. Castro also takes the opportunity to explain his political views in less incendiary language than has been typically seen in the American media. The film also provides the historical context for Castro's rise to power with news footage from the war with President Bautista's army. As the film follows the leader through factory tours and construction projects, the everyday citizens of Cuba also have a chance to make complaints about the social changes and programs, as well as applaud the progress.