‘Castro’s Spies’ UK premiere, 26 February – 1 March

Castro’s Spies is one of six films nominated for the prestigious Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival. This thrilling documentary tells the remarkable story of the Miami Five, hailed as the last soldiers of the Cold War. They were an elite group of Cuban undercover agents who were sent to Florida in the 1990s to infiltrate and dismantle the anti-Cuban groups Alpha 66, the F4 Commandos, the Cuban American National Foundation and Brothers to the Rescue. Abandoning unsuspecting families to ‘defect’ to America, they assumed new identities, led double lives and sacrificed everything to defend Castro’s Cuba from the threat of terrorism. The group members were arrested in September 1998 and later released between 2011 and 2014.

This fascinating, forensic film features in-depth interviews with all five agents, revealing the risks they took and their place in the bigger picture of fraught Cuban-American relations. “A documentary as tense as any John le Carré novel.”

The Five themselves speak about their recruitment, training and eventual capture on US soil, and the documentary makers had access to never-before-seen footage from the Cuban Film Institute’s archive.

The documentary is made by Irish filmmakers Ollie Aslin and Gary Lennon and produced by Gambit Pictures in Ireland. N/C 12+

The UK premiere of the documentary will be screened at the Glasgow Film Festival 24 February-1 March 2021. The festival will be a fully online event.

Screenings are available through the festival website at


Show dates are Friday 26 February, Saturday 27 February, Sunday 28 February, Monday 1 March. There are limited screenings so pre-book now. To pre-book viewing of the documentary visit the website above.

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