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Balseros (2002)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Truth is Sadder than Fiction
12 October 2003 | by kentgetbentSee all my reviews

This documentary is a gripping look at seven Cuban's daring escapes from their home country, and depressing US destinations. The movie beautifully portrays Cuba in a negative but wistful light, a light that seems all the better when the battered Cubans begin their bland new lives as Americans. Family drama overshadows the greater drama of the desperate exits from Cuba, but in the end nothing has changed. The little these people had in Cuba is eventually pined over when they are left with nothing in the US. An amazing but depressing film, Balseros shows us that the grass is always greener on the other side; except in America, where there is no grass left.


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