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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 ... 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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Details

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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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 »

Connections

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

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Row. Row. Row. The Virgin will protect you.
29 August 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

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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