Cuban Rafters

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Released 2003

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Cuban Rafters

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Director:
Josep Maria Domenech
Released:
2003
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A public television crew joined Cuban nationals in 1994 for this insightful documentary about their harrowing escape on a raft, their incarceration at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay and their transition to life in the United States. When the rafters, known as "balseros," finally arrived in the U.S., they spread out to a string of cities. Seven years later, the filmmakers reconnected with their subjects to see what progress they had made in their pursuit of the American Dream.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The creators of the magnificent Balseros stayed involved with its subject, a group of Cuban boat people who made it to the United States, for a full seven years. If you put in that...

  • 80

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    It remains a documentary at heart, full of astonishing glimpses of human resiliency that have nothing to do with artfulness and everything to do with patience, persistence and symp...

  • 70

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    Noteworthy for its detail and evenhandedness.

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