50 years ago, the Cuban Missile Crisis put the US and the USSR on a seemingly catastrophic collision course. As the crisis played out, both sides feared the worst — that the long-simmering Cold War might suddenly turn hot, nuclear hot. Mercifully, after 13 days, cooler heads prevailed.
Now, on the 50th anniversary of the crisis, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum has released an interactive documentary called Clouds Over Cuba. Narrated by actor Matthew Modine, the film vividly explains the events before, during and after the historic crisis. As the story unfolds, the documentary prompts viewers to access an impressive amount of historical documents (photos, documents, audio recordings, etc.) that add real texture to the story. Clouds Over Cuba is educational. It’s impressively put together. You can watch the trailer above, or start watching the complete film right here.