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Dear Fidel - Marita's Story (Lieber Fidel - Maritas Geschichte)

Dear Fidel - Marita's Story

In 1959, the 19-year-old Marita Lorenz fell madly in love with Fidel Castro when the victor of the revolution came on board the German cruise ship "Berlin". After eight months of love and happiness, Fidel loses interest in her. Her happiness turns into a nightmare when she loses her child because of a forced abortion in the sixth month of her pregnancy. She lets herself be recruited by the CIA, which wants to get her to kill the revolutionary leader. But she betrays her mission - "love was stronger," says the now 61-year-old Marita. She lands between the fronts of a dirty war. Working for the CIA, she gets to know later Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. She spies for the FBI, moves in high Mafia circles and constantly changes fronts. Now she lives as an impoverished pensioner in New York and wants to go back to Fidel. But what will Fidel say, will she be able to enter Cuba at all?

Dear Fidel - Marita's Story is a political thriller about a very personal, moving and bizarre journey through the turmoil of the Cold War from Bremen via New York and Miami to Havana.


Wilfried Huismann was born in 1951 in Godensholt and studied Social Science and History. In 1981, he began working as a freelance journalist, with his first book being Chile Reports. After that, he authored further books and numerous radio features. Since 1987, he has been working for German television, specializing in background stories and critical reports. He is the three-time winner of the Adolf-Grimme-Award, the most respected German television award. His films include: Franca Magnani - A Portrait (1988), The Hidden Camera (1990), Bremen-Baghdad - Deadly Cargo (1991), Cold Hearted? The President of the Treuhand - Birgit Breuel (1992), winner of the Herbert Quandt Media Award in 1992 and the Friedrich-Vogel Award for economic journalism, Raymond - The Boy with the Face of an Angel (1993), The Ship of the Dead (1994), Opposition in Cuba, Gambling with Power - Friedrich Hennemann and the Demise of the Vulkan in Bremen (1998), Death of the Pharao - Anwar Sadat and the Holy Warriors (1998), Biedermann's Reich - The International Tracing Service and the Nazi Victims (1999), and Dear Fidel - Marita's Story (Lieber Fidel - Maritas Geschichte, 2000).
Genre History, Drama
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2000
Director Wilfried Huismann
Screenplay Wilfried Huismann
Cinematography Reinhard Gossmann
Margot Loehlein, Kirsten Becker
Klaus Doldinger
Cast Marita Lorenz, Harold Austin, Henry K. Ell, Dave Townsend
Producers Yvonne Ruocco, Detlef Ziegert
Production Company SUR Films/Cologne, in co-production with WDR, SWR, Canal+, La Sept
Length 91 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German/English/Spanish
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
Festivals Mannheim/Heidelberg 2000, Karlovy Vary 2001, Telluride 2001, AFI Los Angeles 2001, Banff 2002
With backing from Filmbuero Bremen, BIA-Bremer Innovations Agentur
German Distributor Neue Pegasos Film/Frankfurt

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