Cuban Rafters


(out of 5)

Original title:  Balseros

Deeply unsettling documentary that follows the lives of a group of Cubans who escape their country on rafts and come to America looking for better lives. Some are separated from their families, some arrive in the new land together and separate after the changes that occur, all of them have their lives put into complete reversal by their experiences in their new land. Directors Carles Bosch and Josep Maria Domenech do a fabulous job of getting an astonishing amount of footage: we detail the lives of the film’s subjects at home before seeing their experiences in detention at Guantanamo Bay, then entering the US and finding themselves spread out to a wide level of locations (nobody ends up in sunny Miami, there are lots of bland Midwestern destinations in store here). Some stories are triumphs, some are tragedies, and some are full of blind errors; all of them are fascinating.

Bausan Films, Buenavida Producciones S.L., Televisió de Catalunya

Spain, 2002

Directed by ,

Screenplay by Carles Bosch,

Cinematography by Josep Maria Domenech

Produced by

Music by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2003

Toronto International Film Festival 2002.

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