After the withdrawal of Russian support in 1994, things got harder in Cuba. Fidel allowed anyone who wanted to leave to go. Thousands built crude rafts and left. This Oscar nominated documentary tells the story of a few.
The U.S. Coast Guard was ordered to take rescued Cubans to Guantanamo until a decision could be made regarding their disposition.
The story of those who made a new life, with it's ups and downs, in the U.S., and the difficulties families faced due to the split, was fascinating.
Some make it, some don't. Marriages are broken up and children are born. The reality of life here is brought home forcefully.
Pro or anti doesn't matter. What matter is the tough times these people had trying to make it in a foreign country without education or language skills. Was their life really better?
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