Shootdown DVD release

Press Release

SHOOT DOWN DVD Release November 10th

New York, NYRogues Harbor Studios – The controversial documentary SHOOT DOWN
is available for the first time on DVD beginning today on, the
studio announced today.
Shoot Down – Winner of 2007 Sonoma Film Festival honors for Best Documentary-was theatrically released in January 2008 amid a wave of controversy. While receiving critical praise for its balanced treatment of the events
that led to the downing of two U.S. civilian planes by Cuba in 1996, the film was denied bookings in most theaters in the United States. Despite this handicap, Shoot Down was still one of the top grossing documentaries of the
The great thing about a thorough and fact-based documentary is that people can watch the film and make up their own minds, without any filters, said Douglas Eger, the films producer. There is still a great deal of resistance
to the full story of what happened back in 1996 reaching the public.
Eger continued, We have been successful licensing the TV rights internationally but still no domestic TV outlet will broadcast Shoot Down that amazes me! DVDs might be the only way Americans will be able to see
this film. There are powerful interests that just dont want this story to be told.
The award-winning documentary is the first feature-length film to take on the true and gripping story of the 1996 shoot down of two unarmed U.S. civilian planes by Cuban fighter jets.
The DVD includes many bonus features, including never-before-heard audio tapes from the cockpits of the planes, and footage of Raul Castro discussing the incident.
Director Cristina Khuly, commented, U.S. Civilian aircraft were shot down by a foreign government and not may people know about it, let alone why it happened. I cant think of many issues where you would find Amnesty
International, The European Community, conservative Republican Cuban- Americans, and Al Sharpton on the same side of an issue and it doesnt make headlines wow.
Khuly continued, saying, With a new administration in Washington, it is critical that we remind the public of this important piece of history. DVDs are the primary way independent films reach their audience.
Spanish Version
Never-before available version of Shoot Down with Spanish subtitles.
Raul Castro Recording
A 12-minute unedited recording of Raul Castro commenting on the incident.
BTTR Cessna Cockpit Recording
The unedited 30-minute cockpit voice recording of the lead Cessna, which includes conversations between this plane and the two shot down.
Cuban MiG & Military Control Intercept
The unedited voice recordings (1 hr., 30 min.) between the Cuban MiGs and Cuban Military Control intercepted
Thanks to Ana Margarita

3 thoughts on “Shootdown DVD release”

  1. Cuban-Americans – Winning The Political Battle But Losing The Media War!
    Unfortunately, I was not surprised to see on Babalou Blog the first response to our “Shoot Down” DVD press release was – “I have two words for this documentary – Saul Landau.”
    It is the perfect example of why so few Americans know the truth about Cuba. Cuban-Americans are politically powerful and savvy, able to pass and keep legislation in place but hopeless when it comes to winning the media war that has isolated and stereotyped almost 2 million Americans and the cause they hold dear.
    Whenever someone attempts to tell an important story that might just make it out of South Florida – Lost City, Shoot Down, etc… it is set against an impossible burden where one line, one statement, the inclusion of one opposing viewpoint ensures that support for that film will once again fail to materialize within the community.
    The Cuban-American voice should be nearly 2 million strong and should support anything that comes even close to telling the stories of human rights abuses that are the history of Cuban since the revolution. Much could be learned from those that have been successful. The Jewish-American community [5.3 million strong] keeps a steady flow of narrative and documentary stories in the theaters to frame the image of the issues they support.
    The true stories of Cuba are a filmmakers dream, full of drama and intrigue. And these stories do resonate with the general population once they are seen. I have seen the audiences for “Shoot Down” come away with transformed views of Castro, of Cuba, and of Cuban Americans. There should be a steady stream of films, large and small that tell of the betrayal of the revolution, the Plantados, the Tugboat sinking, the true treatment of Afro-Cubans, – the list goes on and on. The stories are there, the storytellers are also there waiting for your support.
    But by eating their own, Cuban-Americans assure that those with opposing viewpoints have an open and easily defended playing field. Soderbergh’s Ché films, Michael Moore’s documentaries, can easily paint a picture of a romantic revolution and idyllic island of free healthcare and education. There are no competitors to this view presented to the American and world public.
    What should be happening, is that a majority of Cuban Americans should be out in the theaters supporting films that support the truth. They should produce more of them and follow the successful path of Christian themed films such as “Passion of the Christ”, “Fireproof” and many others that are supported by the community so that filmmakers and distributors without huge marketing budgets can be successful. Each success builds more success and one thing is for sure, Hollywood and those that fund it back results first and ideology second. 2 Million Cuban voices can launch an entire media niche.
    You may not think so, but the purchase of DVD’s is important. It supports those that financially support independent film, it is a channel of distribution that no one can block, and perhaps most importantly – the industry notices the sales numbers and again success encourages others to take the plunge and make more movies like this.
    Douglas Eger – Producer “Shoot Down”

  2. Mr. Eger, at the time of Shoot Down’s release, there was a lively discussion here at Babalu, wherein I expressed why I found the inclusion of Saul Landau so offensive. I also recommended that everyone see the film and support it, for pretty much the same reasons you have stated. I take issue with your citing the Jewish community as an example of a people getting their story out there. I’m Jewish, and I don’t recall Jews allowing Hitler apologists to hijack their narrative. I agree completely that stories of Cuba are a filmmakers dream, full of drama and intrigue. I dream of the day when they are presented as they should be, without the inclusion of qualifiers from Castro propaganda agents. Truth needs no explanation; presented skillfully with honestly and boldly, it will stand on its own.

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