This World: Cuba

Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to Cuba to find a communist country in the middle of a capitalist revolution. Two years ago Cuba announced the most sweeping and radical economic reforms the country has seen in decades. From ending state rationing to cutting one million public-sector jobs, one of the last communist bastions in the world has begun rolling back the state on an unprecedented scale. Simon Reeve meets ordinary Cubans whose lives are being transformed, from the owners of fledgling businesses to the newly rich estate agents selling properties worth up to 750,000 pounds.

In this hour-long documentary for the BBC’s award-winning This World strand, Simon gets under the skin of a colourful and vibrant country famous for its hospitality and humour and asks if this new economic openness could lead to political liberalisation in a totalitarian country with a poor human rights record. Will Cuba be able to maintain the positive aspects of its long isolation under socialism – low crime, top-notch education and one of the best health systems in the world – while embracing what certainly looks like capitalism? Is this the last chance to see Cuba before it becomes just like any other country?

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  1. Cuba was paradice..once..
    It can be one day again for sure
    Just some change had to come along at somepoint im hoping for sooner than later

    • It was a ‘paradice’ [sic] for rich American gangsters and politicians who wanted cheap prostitutes and booze. Ordinary Cubans were exploited. Why do you think they all joined the revolution to expel the hated Americans.

  2. I really enjoyed this documentary! Im glad to see Cuba finally letting people have a choice.

  3. Good
    I really liked this world:cuba ,Many Skills used as well. I Love it.

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  4. I really enjoyed this documentary.

  5. Very cool to see Cuba 2013 doing AAIIIITE
    Sure do like the cars there sure does bring back time. time was cooler back then but then again time back is in Cuba we must go to Cuba