Edge of War
Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground rise up against Dictator Fulgencio Battista in 1950’s Cuba.
1950s Cuba. A Caribbean paradise. A playground for the wealthy. And a hotbed of political unrest. This is the story of a dictator, a freedom-seeking people and an opportunistic revolutionary. This is the Cuban Revolution.
In 1953, Cuban strongman Fulgencio Batista enjoys the comforts of an ill-gotten presidency as opposition to his brutal and corrupt rule stirs among the Cuban people. Frustrated by unsuccessful opposition to Batista, lawyer-turned-activist Fidel Castro leads an attack on an army stronghold – the Moncada Barracks. The attack fails miserably, but at his trial, Castro becomes the voice of the revolution, declaring, “History will absolve me!” A year later, Castro is free, but is kept under constant scrutiny by Batista’s secret police.
Slipping away to Mexico, Castro gathers and trains a small army, recruiting Che Guevara and nearly 100 others along the way. A new plan takes shape – Castro will invade Cuba from the water as, at the same moment, urban revolutionaries will attack government targets within the country.
But with an overloaded boat, a bad motor and terrible weather, Castro’s force lands two days late. The brief urban uprising has been destroyed and its leader, the popular Frank Pais, is on the run. Worse, Batista sits waiting for Castro’s boat to land, and only a handful of Castro’s fighters survive the counter attack.
For the next year and a half, Castro’s forces grow stronger in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, but Castro knows he must one day face Batista head on. The prize – Cuba itself.