Cuban Rafters (2002)
"Balseros" (original title)

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The story of Cuban refugees who risked their lives in homemade rafts to reach the United States, and what life is like for those who succeed.


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The story of Cuban refugees who risked their lives in homemade rafts to reach the United States, and what life is like for those who succeed.

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It was originally a news video made in the mid 90s, when a lot of Cuban citizens started to try arriving at the USA by sea. Years later, the director and the director of photography tracked down the people of the video and filmed them at their new lives. See more »


Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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15 March 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I thought this documentary was wonderful, it brought tears to my eyes and it showed one face of Cubans that the world does not get to see. This documentary gives the audience an opportunity to see how people risk their lives in order to start over, in order to make their dreams come true. The stories showed in this movie have different endings which the audience can judge as successful or not. It does not only talk about exile but life in the U.S. and the so called "American Dream" I hope that many people get a chance to view this film, it certainly has many messages. For Cubans is one more reason to look back and remember where we came from and what were some of the reasons why we came to the U.S.

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