Imagine, three thousand boats, filled with 125,000 people, sailing over a small 90-mile patch of sea that might as well have spanned thousands of miles. On this sea, refugees sailed between... See full summary »
Imagine, three thousand boats, filled with 125,000 people, sailing over a small 90-mile patch of sea that might as well have spanned thousands of miles. On this sea, refugees sailed between two worlds. The outcome of those crossings not only had repercussions for the lives of the refugees, but for Arkansans as well. This is their story. This documentary is about the Cubans interned at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, in 1980, as a result of the Cuban Mariel Boat Lift. It describes life at the camp but its focus is how the political landscape of Arkansas and the nation affected, and were affected by, the Cubans' internment. Written by
Ian Beard, a historian at the Old State House Museum, got the filmmakers interested in this story. He had heard a story from Harold Trisler in Fort Smith that was very intriguing. Trisler had once been woken up in the middle of the night by a call from a woman screaming, "There's a naked Cuban in my tree!" The DoubleTroublets eventually interviewed him, but unfortunately couldn't fit this story into the film. See more »
The film is about the pretty much forgotten Mariel Boat Lift--when thousands of disaffected Cubans were suddenly allowed to leave their repressive country. While at first they were welcomed into America, soon it became apparent that a very large percentage of them were criminals and their transition to American life was very difficult to say the least. This film focuses in particular on the group housed in Arkansas and the riots that developed by those being housed on a military base.
Wow. While I enjoyed this documentary film quite a bit, I couldn't help but notice that the narrator sounded a bit young. Still, given its very professional quality, I assumed it was made by a college student in film school. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the Bailin sisters are only 14!! Yes, I did say 14! Considering that the film is better than many short documentaries I have seen, I wonder what sort of amazing productions they will be involved in when they are more seasoned professionals!!!
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