An Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Balseros is the heartrending yet triumphant account of seven Cuban refugees who risked everything in pursuit of the American Dream. While Presidents Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro argued over the closing of Cuba's coast in 1994, nearly 50,000 "balseros" (a slang term for Cuban rafters) set out towards Florida, navigating the shark-infested waters on self-crafted vessels made of wood, nails, and tar. Over the next seven years, co-directors Charles Bosch and Joseph M. Domenech followed a lively group of these rafters, many of whom were detained at the Guantanamo naval base before being allowed onto American soil. Intimately weaving the rafter's unfurling odyssey with footage of their family's reactions, Balseros poignantly mirrors the universal spirit, drama and adventure of the immigrant experience.
- DVD video
- 137.6 x 180.3 x 14.8mm | 83.16g
- 26 Jul 2005
- New Video Group