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Cuban Rafters (2002)

Balseros (original title)
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.

Directors:

Carles Bosch (as Carlos Bosch), Josep Maria Domènech

Writers:

Carles Bosch (as Carlos Bosch), David Trueba
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Guillermo Armas Guillermo Armas ... Self
Maria Celeste Arraras ... Self (archive footage)
Rafael Cano Rafael Cano ... Self
Fidel Castro ... Self (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Oscar Del Valle Oscar Del Valle ... Self
Mericys Gonzalez Mericys Gonzalez ... Self
Misclaida Gonzalez Misclaida Gonzalez ... Self
Miriam Hernández Miriam Hernández ... Self
Juan Carlos Subiza Juan Carlos Subiza ... Self
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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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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

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 »

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

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Great documentary
17 April 2004 | by gruntlespamSee all my reviews

This is a great documentary.

If it raises a question in your minds about Cuba vs the USA, just remember that in Cuba they have guards on the beach to stop people LEAVING, whilst in the USA the guards are there to stop people ARRIVING.

Cuban 'Balseros' can return to Cuba anytime - and under the agreement with the USA they will not be prosecuted nor imprisoned.

Life is hard in all countries - including the USA. I have traveled extensively in Cuba, and few Cubans have any illusions about life in America. 'Freedom' is not their main aim - rather it is an improvement to their economic lives. They want the OPPORTUNITY to better themselves and their children.


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Official Sites:

Bausan Films [Spain]

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 April 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuban Rafters See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuba See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,111, 27 July 2003

Gross USA:

$16,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,539
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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