Saul Landau, Professor Emeritus at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, an intern... more
Saul Landau, Professor Emeritus at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, an internationally-known filmmaker, scholar, author and commentator, and Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. His film trilogy on Cuba includes FIDEL, a portrait of Cuba's leader (1968), CUBA AND FIDEL, in which Castro talks of democracy and institutionalizing the revolution (1974) and the UNCOMPROMISING REVOLUTION, as Fidel worries about impending Soviet collapse (1988). His trilogy of films on Mexico are THE SIXTH SUN: MAYAN UPRISING IN CHIAPAS (1997), MAQUILA: A TALE OF TWO MEXICOS (2000), and WE DON'T PLAY GOLF HERE AND OTHER STORIES OF GLOBALIZATION, (2007). His Middle East trilogy includes REPORT FROM BEIRUT (1982), IRAQ: VOICES FROM THE STREET (2002) SYRIA: BETWEEN IRAQ AND A HARD PLACE (2004). He has also written hundreds of articles on Cuba for learned journals, newspapers and magazines, done scores of radio shows on the subject and has taught classes on the Cuban revolution at major universities. Several of his essays have appeared in Cuba readers. He writes a weekly column for progresoweekly.com and his articles appear regularly in learned journals, like Latin American Perspectives. He received an Edgar Allen Poe Award for Assassination on Embassy Row, a report on the 1976 murders of Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and his colleague, Ronni Moffitt. His latest books are THE PRE-EMPTIVE EMPIRE: A GUIDE TO BUSH'S KINGDOM (2003) and THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA: HOW CONSUMERS HAVE REPLACED CITIZENS AND HOW WE CAN REVERSE THE TREND (2004) and A BUSH AND BOTOX WORLD (2007) He won the Chilean government's Bernardo O'Higgins Award in 2008 to go along with his winning the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting, and the First Amendment Award, as well as an Emmy with Jack Willis for "Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang." THE SIXTH SUN won first prize in the Native American Film Festival in 1997. Other films have won prizes in Venice, Mannheim, Ann Arbor, Berlin and other festivals. WE DON'T PLAY GOLF HERE won best activist video award form the San Francisco Video Fest (2007) Landau has written fourteen books, short stories and poems. In 1965 he co-authored "A Minstrel Show" for the San Francisco Mime Troupe. He was co-founder and remains a board member of the Center for Cuban Studies, and serves on the editorial boards of Canadian Dimension and Race and Class. From 1972 on he has been a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies where he also serves as Vice Chair of its Board. He directed the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam in the mid 1970s and remains a fellow of that Institute. In 2008 he received the Bernardo O'Higgins award from the Chilean government for his work on human rights.