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Posted January 07, 2005 by publisher in Cuban History

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On Monday, January 31, PBS’s American Experience will broadcast “Fidel Castro,” a new biography from acclaimed producer Adriana Bosch (“Jimmy Carter,” “Reagan,” “Ulysses S. Grant”). The two-hour program will carry Spanish subtitles on CC3. This is the first time American Experience has made use of this innovative technology to extend the reach of its offerings.

The Spanish captions can be accessed by switching on closed captioning and selecting CC3. As always, CC1 will contain English captions for viewers who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.

“This is the first profile of a non-American leader to air as part of the series,” said Mark Samels, executive producer of American Experience. “Through this effort, we’re reaching out to millions of Spanish-speaking viewers nationwide. Students of the Spanish language will also find this feature helpful.”

The English and Spanish-language captions are being created by the Media Access Group at WGBH, a non-profit service of the WGBH Educational Foundation. The Group’s director of services, Lori Kay, states, “We’re pleased to be making this program fully accessible to all PBS viewers—including those with vision or hearing loss and the Spanish-speaking audience.”

“PBS is committed to using all available technologies to reach as broad an audience as possible,” said Jacoba Atlas, Sr. Vice President, PBS Programming. “Fidel Castro and his impact on the American experience is an important story and as many people as possible deserve to see this.”

A companion Web site for “Fidel Castro” at pbs.org/amex/castro is fully bilingual, allowing surfers to toggle back and forth between Spanish and English.

American Experience is working with Elena del Valle, president of the Miami-based public relations firm LNA World Communications Inc., to publicize the program to the Hispanic community and press. She is recipient of the 2004 D. Parke Gibson Pioneer Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Television’s most-watched history series, American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.

CONTACT: Daphne B. Noyes of WGBH Educational Foundation,
+1-617-300-5344; Carrie Johnson of PBS, +1-703-739-5129; or Elena del Valle of
LNA World Communications, +1-305-270-6309

Web site: http://www.pbs.org

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 08, 2005 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    I am currently working on sort of a documentary using very old footage of Cuba froma s late as 1915 that I recently found in Father’ film collection.

    My film will contain footage boxing matches that took place in Cuba during the early 1900s all the way up to the arrival of the first exiles in the U.S.,footage my Father took,very interesting footage!

    If anyone would like to contribute to this project and has original Cuba related footage on 8mm or 16mm film please contact me a.s.a.p at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    I’ll make sure to stay tuned to PBS!

  2. Follow up post #2 added on December 20, 2005 by ronnie

    i wood like to see my dad mentioned he was one of the 23 americans held for running guns to cuba he was just a family man he left florida on a yaught named aries his name was alford eugene gibson he was working for thec cia and trained by rolondo masaferer can any one help me learn more thanks his son ronnie

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