One of the strangest chapters in the history of the Castro Kingdom is that of Cuban involvement in the Congo. The strangest story within that chapter is that of the anti-Castro Cuban exile pilots hired by the CIA to fight in the Congo against their Castronoid enemies and their African comrades.
Nearly half a century after these events unfolded, filmmaker Sandra Alvarez-Smith is producing a documentary film, “A Secret Legacy,” which will finally bring this story to light.
From the project’s website: a capsule summary:
“At the height of the Cold War, the CIA orchestrated a top-secret battle deep inside Africa’s Congo. Unbeknownst to the American public, the CIA contracted an elite group of Cuban-exiles to carry out these clandestine operations. Today, the details on the Congo operation remain classified by the CIA.
“A Secret Legacy” is a documentary in production that tells the personal journey of Frank Alvarez, a 61-year-old Cuban immigrant, on a quest to find out the truth about his deceased father, Panchito, who was one of the CIA-hired veterans.”
As the film progresses, we will meet the few remaining Cuban exiles, who will share their stories about their experiences in the Congo. The veterans will tell their mysterious and compelling tales of cannibalism, covert CIA operations, plane crashes, Communist rebels, Che Guevara and his Cuban guerrillas, the rescue of Evangelical missionaries, and the Simba warriors and their witch-doctors.”
On March 28, in Los Angeles, a fundraiser is being held for this important film. See all the information below. If you are in the L.A. area, you have a chance not just to view history, but to make it happen.