Well, Mr. Moore?
Cuba banned Michael Moore's 2007 documentary, Sicko, because it painted such a"mythically" favourable picture of Cuba's healthcare system that the authorities feared it could lead to a"popular backlash", according to US diplomats in Havana.
The revelation, contained in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks , is surprising, given that the film attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system.
But the memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so"disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room".
Castro's government apparently went on to ban the film because, the leaked cable claims, it"knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them."
The rest of the Guardian's story is here.
UPDATE: Moore replies:
Sounds convincing, eh?! There's only one problem -- the entire nation of Cuba was shown the film on national television on April 25, 2008! The Cubans embraced the film so much so it became one of those rare American movies that received a theatrical distribution in Cuba. I personally ensured that a 35mm print got to the Film Institute in Havana. Screenings of 'Sicko' were set up in towns all across the country. In Havana, 'Sicko' screened at the famed Yara Theater.The lesson? Be skeptical of anything originating within the U.S. government.
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Sheldon Richman - 12/21/2010
What's interesting is how people (on Facebook, for example, have tried to decide who's telling truth by an a priori method. Sad, really.
David T. Beito - 12/18/2010
Just noticed the update that the story is apparently not true. These embassy cables seem to be much like raw FBI files, some truth much misinformation.
David T. Beito - 12/18/2010
You beat me to it. I was going to post this. Another reason to love Wikileaks.
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