Clouds Over Cuba - A Documentary of What Might Have Been.
50 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy learned that that the Soviet Union had begun to station nuclear missile batteries on the island of Cuba, just off the coast of Florida. This discovery kick started the hottest section of the Cold War, The Cuban Missile Crisis, which (it could be argued) is the closest we've ever come to a nuclear holocaust.
This incredible interactive website (commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and created by The Martin Agency) tells the story of this incredibly powerful and tense time, with a constantly streaming timeline showcasing just how small a window of time it was, yet how close to the brink it brought us.
Multiple layers of information are provided, and the viewer can either watch the 26-minute documentary straight through for a condensed history of events or deviate from the narrative at will for more in-depth interviews on specific topics such as The Bay of Pigs with experts the likes of Sheldon M. Stern, a former historian at the JFK Presidential Library, and Sergei Khrushchev, son of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
A timeline running below the film, which is divided into chapters, tracks one’s place in the narrative.
Check it out here.