Balseros (2003)

In the summer of 1994, a team of public television reporters filmed and interviewed seven Cubans, and their families, beginning a few days before their risky venture of setting out to sea in homemade rafts to reach the coast of the United… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 3, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader

Despite the heroic exertions of the rafters and filmmakers, this apolitical film is oddly lacking in drama.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

An eloquent, nonjudgmental examination of the immigrant experience.

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Eric D. Snider

Here are a handful of fairly ordinary people who happen to be from a crippled island with a deteriorating economy, who earn our sympathy just by being themselves.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A heart-rending account of people trying to dodge the hurdles that politics puts in front of them.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Well-done documentary.

Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Focuses its attention on telling a series of individual, human stories, refreshingly leaving the history lessons for the classroom.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

A seven-year time lapse that's full of drama, poignancy and some heartbreaking moments.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Illustrates the pain and anguish of the 1994 Cuban rafter exodus.

Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

A movie that shows normal life can be as tough, and as gripping, as rowing across a dangerous ocean.

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