‘The Red Wasp’, the latest film by Penélope Cruz that has sparked controversy

On June 19 it was released in Netflix The movie ‘The Wasp network’, Directed by the French Olivier Assayas, and his arrival has not been without controversy. And is that the movie has bothered the Cuban exile in Miami, which has already started several actions when considering it an “insult to the truth”, according to statements collected by the Efe Agency. Some of the leaders represented or alluded to in this feature film inspired by real events are even considering the possibility of file a lawsuit, as in the case of the leader of the Democracy Movement, Ramón Saúl Sánchez.

The film, which had already been through festivals such as Venice and San Sebastián, is based on the book ‘The Last Soldiers of the Cold War’(‘ The last soldiers of the Cold War ’), Fernando Moráis, tells the infiltration of Castro spies among exile groups in Miami. It is starring the Spanish Penelope Cruz and for the Venezuelan Edgar Ramírez, and also has a wide cast that includes Gael Garcia Bernal, Ana de Armas,
Leonardo Sbaraglia and Wagner Moura, among others.

‘The Wasp network’. (Netflix)

“It is a political project rather than a film story”

As Efe has collected, the leader of the Democracy Movement has assured that this movie “it is a political project rather than a film story” Sánchez is actually mentioned in the film, since one of the spies of this network, René González, infiltrated the organization that he directs and came to pilot light aircraft of his air group, dedicated to locating and helping Cuban rafters at sea.

After seeing the film, Sánchez has been outraged at the fact that Movimiento Democracia was accused of have profited by bringing people from Latin America in exchange for money. She assures that, for years, he put cash out of his own pocket to make it easier for escaped Cubans to regroup with their families in the United States.

The leader of this organization has also criticized how he is presented to José Basulto, founder of Brothers to the Rescue, an organization created in 1991 to help Cubans fleeing Cuba by sea. In fact, the promoter of the initiative on Change.org, identified as Nor Las Vegas, assures that the film starring Penélope Cruz “defends murdered Castro spies murdered in the United States“And which portrays as”a ‘capo’ to Basulto and as terrorists the Cubans involved in the aid” “It is an insult to the truth“, Add Orlando Gutierrez, of the Cuban Democratic Directory, which has also seen the film whose filming in Cuba in 2019 has already sparked protests.

'The Wasp network'. (Netflix)
‘The Wasp network’. (Netflix)

The Wasp Network

The Wasp Network the was dismantled September 12, 1998 with the arrest of its members. Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, René González and Antonio Guerrero They were subsequently tried and sentenced in 2001 to long prison terms and life in prison. Two of them served their sentences and returned to Cuba, while the other three were pardoned in 2014 as part of an agreement between the Government of Cuba and the Administration of Barack Obama.

The Wasp Network spies, popularly known as “The Five”, they are considered heroes by the Cuban government, who has always defended that his objective was to abort terrorist actions in exile against Cuban targets and not spy on strictly American targets.