These neophyte construction workers rake up the Voncoremos Brigade--a hundred thirty-six Americans who came to Cuba to ???
overall shot of work cite
tighter shot of work, faces in closeup
kids with cameras
Kids work ineptly
houses under construction
Cubans Works;americans watch
Cubans drinking cokes, eating cake
Buses arrive at work camp water tank, red cross house barber enters barber shop hairy brigade acmborn
papers deliver land speaker in English
collective interview group laughs, up pick interview standup
everything the ??? while there play there table tennis etc
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Background: These neophyte construction workers rake up the Voncoremos Brigade--a hundred thirty-six Americans who came to Cuba to ??? the Castro Revolution in operation, to confirm their faith in it and to demonstrate solidarity and revolutionary consciousness.
Venceremos, which translates "We shall overcome," is a Castro logan from his days in the Sierra Maestro. With some as young as seventeen and at least one in his oixties, the brigade has an average age in the early twenties.
Except for an unquestioning admiration of Vasrro's system and an absolute scorn for their own, these young people seem like many of their counterparts in the peace corps: The affluent society goes abroad to work with its hands.
The group includes blacks, whites, Puerto cans, Chicanos and Asian-Americans. Some of them are not very killed at physical labour.
Cuban authorities assigned the brigade the job of assembling prefabricated houses. Five are to ready for occupancy with nine more almost complete by the middle of may when the Brigade ends its stint.
The Cuban government provided professional construction workers to teach the americans, and if need be to do the work...Forovery Americans in the brigade, there are to Cubans teaching, supervising and provided for his needs.
Clearly making friends and influencing people is the primary Cuban objective in this project. The houses are secondary. For the Cuban workers this is a very good job... The hours are
shorter; the rations and facilities much better than they could expect on a purely Cuban project.
The work camp, by Cuban standards is a holiday resort. To keep the Americans in good health it boasts a water purification system, a full-time doctor and dentist. There is even a barber shop although one of the Cubans complained that the brigade doesn't make much use of it.
Origade members needed unaware that in Cuba, except for foreigners, long hair is a sign of unacceptable rebellion and that boards are a status symbol generally reserved for the men, now middle aged, who fought along ida Castro.
The Brigade sets a heavy dosage of world affairs, been from a Cuban point of view.
???e talked to a representative group. After two weeks in Cuba, ??? in to camp. on the beach and on one guided tour, they reported that Cuba was a paradise, even batter than they expected. They were amused when I told them that Cuban defectors had claimed that some Brigade members had been given guerilla training for use in the United States.
From the Cuban viewpoint, the Venccramos Brigade has more political than economic importance. It's economic contribution is virtually nil. ???y the standards of the average cuban, Brigade members are treated like aristocrats. They amazing thing is that they aren't even aware of it. Tom Strcithorst, NBC NEWS, with the Venceramon Brigades
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