Emer Reynolds and John Murray’s documentary on the Cuban Missile Crisis, Here Was Cuba, has been nominated for a Grierson Award.
Here Was Cuba tells the inside story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how in October 1962 the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust. In the first major feature documentary on the subject, the film brings to life the three central characters Kennedy, Castro and Khrushchev and explores how the world’s most powerful men fell into an abyss of their own making and what courage and luck it took to climb out again. With nuclear brinkmanship high on the international agenda today, the events of October 1962 hold invaluable lessons for a generation too young to remember just how close we came to the end.
The Grierson Awards recognise and celebrate documentaries from Britain and abroad that have made a significant contribution to the genre and that demonstrate quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence.
Here Was Cuba is up for the Best Historical Documentary Award.
Here Was Cuba was produced in association with the Irish Film Board, America’s Public Broadcasting System PBS and Section 481 Irish Government Tax Incentive.
Review of Here Was Cuba