In 2000, five Cubans who worked as spies in the US were condemned to sentences ranging from 15 years to life in prison. Until then, they had led the double life of honest Americans and agents passing information to the Cuban government. Filled with deceit, false identities and coded messages, this suspenseful documentary is based on unique archival footage and exclusive testimony from the members of the “Cuban Five” themselves, vividly recounting their recruitment, dangerous espionage missions, detention, and trial.
Ollie Aslin has been working in various positions for British and Irish television for over twenty years. He was awarded an Emmy for his editing work. Castro’s Spies, his directorial and producing debut, premiered at the Cork IFF. Aslin made it together with Gary Lennon, producer, director, screenwriter, and author of the documentaries A Doctor’s Sword (2015), about an Irish doctor in Nagasaki, and Broken Rings (2018), about the Irish boxing team at the Rio Summer Olympics.
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