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90 Miles

90 Miles

Alternate Titles: 90 Millas

Documentary | English, Spanish | 53 minutes

Company

Phonograph Films


Cast & Crew

Director

Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Producers

Nicole Betancourt, Gill Holland

Writer

Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Cast

Juan Carlos Zaldivar


Trailer

vimeo.com/zaldivar/90ilestrailer2020


Synopsis

Having grown up within the Cuban Revolution, in 1980, Juan Carlos Zaldívar was a 13-year-old "pioneer" jeering in the streets at the thousands of "Marielitos" leaving the island by boat for the United States. Within weeks, he was a Marielito himself, headed with the rest of his family across one of the most treacherous stretches of water for a new life in Miami. Now a U.S.-based filmmaker, Zaldívar recounts the strange twist of fate that took him across one of the world's most treacherous stretches of water in 90 Miles, a documentary with a broadcast premiere on PBS's award-winning series, P.O.V.. As related by Zaldívar in the intensely personal and evocative 90 Miles, arrival in South Florida is only the beginning of the family's struggles to comprehend the full meaning of their passage into exile. What follows is an intimate and uneasy accounting of the historical forces that have split the Cuban national family in two, and which shape the passage of values from one generation to the next.

Cynthia Lopez

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