WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Michael Moore’s “Sicko” for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system

GUARDIAN UK: Cuba banned Michael Moore‘s 2007 documentarySicko, because it painted such a “mythically” favourable picture of Cuba’s healthcare system that the authorities feared it could lead to a “popular backlash”, according to US diplomats in Havana.

The revelation, contained in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks , is surprising, given that the film attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system.

But the memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so “disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room”.

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  2 comments for “WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Michael Moore’s “Sicko” for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system

  1. December 18, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Have you read Moore’s response? It would seem that if you are going to print this kind of article you might want to contact Moore, or for that matter anybody, and find out the the film was according to Moore shown on Cuban National TV.

    What is it again that reporters do?

    • December 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

      I appreciate the comment law guy but I feel compelled to make a few points. Since you are a fellow blogger, I think you probably realize that I am not exactly a “reporter”. I don’t claim to be nor do I intend to be. Also, as to my “printing” this? No printing in the Internet universe – that is unless you enjoy something and feel like “printing” it for later use.

      And lastly, it was nothing more than a news blurb. I didn’t add my opinion, suggest a position, or even add a smartass line about the fat bastard. I saw the story, thought my readers would enjoy it and posted the link so they could have a look for themselves.

      For the record though, I did read Moore’s response and I’d love for you to point out how many people actually watched it there or whether it was ever shown after the April airing that he cites. Since you are so skilled as a “reporter” I’d love to know if that initial screening was the catalyst for pulling the film. If you go by Moore’s response, which reads like this….

      “There’s only one problem — the entire nation of Cuba
      was shown

      the film on national television on April 25, 2008! The Cubans embraced the film so much so it became one of those rare American movies that
      received a theatrical distribution

      in Cuba. I personally ensured that a 35mm print got to the Film Institute in Havana. Screenings of ‘Sicko’ were
      set up

      in towns all across the country. In Havana, ‘Sicko’
      screened

      at the famed Yara Theater.”

      None of that says squat about anyone actually watching it or it ever seeing the light of day after its release. “Setting up” screenings is not exactly – successful screenings. Nothing in his reply even hints that people actually watched this thing. In fact, knowing Moore’s typically arrogant style, I’d say it actually says just the opposite. How bout you check on that Lawyer Hippie and get back to me.

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