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Voices from Mariel (2011)

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On April 1 1980, five individuals seeking political asylum crashed a bus through the gates of the Peruvian embassy in Havana, Cuba. In the following days, 10,000 people stormed that ... See full summary »

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On April 1 1980, five individuals seeking political asylum crashed a bus through the gates of the Peruvian embassy in Havana, Cuba. In the following days, 10,000 people stormed that embassy's grounds, signifying wide-spread disdain for Cuba's dictatorship. Fearing that continued civil unrest might cause further violence, Fidel Castro proclaimed that any Cuban wishing to immigrate to the United States could board a boat at the nearby port of Mariel. In what some considered a bold move, Castro forced prisoners and street indigents to board these same boats. While only a small percentage of the 125,000 Mariel refugees were actually criminals, Castro succeeded in tarnishing the image of those fleeing the country. However, for the vast majority of those who left Cuba, this was the beginning of a costly journey to freedom. The exile would begin not only with a parting of personal possessions, but a separation from family that for many would last a lifetime. But for the Marielitos the cost ... Written by James Carleton

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28 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is easily going to be one of the most influential documentaries of all time. It has the chance of influencing future foreign policy toward the Cuban government and I think it will cause more support toward the policy of asylum for those citizens from Cuba who land in the United States. Dr. Garcia is very brave for doing this work and I commend him for it. I have the tremendous privilege of knowing him personally as my teacher, adviser for my fraternity, and mentor. The film has already won best documentary at the Gasparilla Film Festival and I am certain that it will receive many more! Congrats on a huge success to all of the production crew and of course to Dr. Jose Garcia. Go see this documentary or order it when it is out of DVD/blueray!


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