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Juan Carlos Zaldivar's personal and often moving 2001 documentary examines his emotional turmoil as a Cuban emigre to Miami. A committed communist at 13, Zaldivar joined the 1980 demonstrations against Cubans who were “betraying our revolution” by leaving for the U.S. in the Mariel boat lift. Then his father let him and his sister decide whether their family should join the exodus, and Zaldivar reluctantly agreed. He describes his journey with mixed emotions, noting both the false propaganda he heard in Cuba and his father's disillusionment in the U.S. As he records a recent visit to the island, sites from his childhood trigger black-and-white superimpositions, effectively conveying the mystery of distant memories. In Spanish with subtitles. 79 min.

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