A new documentary had been released on one of Cuba’s biggest exoduses… The Mariel boatlift. One of the films subjects (a man who fled Cuba on this exodus), finally returns to Cuba to face the country he fled. The 1980 boatlift has received lots of stigma due to Oliver Stone’s depiction in Scarface, the story of a character who arrived on Miami shores from the Mariel boatlift.
The exodus was one of the United States’ largest crime waves ever due to Castro’s cleaning of the island, including all his prisons, mental institutions, and what Castro considered “undesirables” (i.e. dissidents, homosexuals, etc). The film is a personal portrait of one character’s journey with additional commentaries.
I have not seen this doc myself so I am unaware of its overall tone, but I do think it’s worth checking out simply because of the narrative of the older Cuban going back to the island to face his demons.
Here’s the films synopsis:
Discontent with political and economic oppression, 125,000 Cubans fled their homes through the port of Mariel and sailed to the United States in 1980. Thirty years later one Marielito risks returning home to a country that rejected him to reconnect with friends and loved ones he left behind and to see, touch and remember the land of his birth. Set against the historical context of the Mariel Boatlift, Jose Garcia and other Marielitos tell their stories of leaving their homeland and coming to America.