Elián
Elián (2017)

ELIÁN recounts the story of a Cuban boy named Elián González who, on Thanksgiving Day in 1999, was found floating on an inner tube in the Florida Straits, an event that set in motion a bitter custody battle between Elián's Cuban father… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: May 19, 2017
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

For the most part the film chronicles the complex tale cogently and effectively, using extensive archival footage as well as contemporary interviews that help put the events in context.

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

Another 1990s media spectacle gets a long-overdue autopsy in this slick and riveting documentary.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

It has the decency to recognize that only Elián González has the right to define his sense of truth for himself.

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Ren Jender
Village Voice

We see the resilience of the adult Elián when he takes a swim near a Cuban beach: After all he's endured, he's not afraid of the water.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Another 1990s media spectacle gets a long-overdue autopsy in this slick and riveting documentary.

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

This is a well-crafted and well-paced film, and a thankfully complicated one as well.

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Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International

It's not exactly revelatory, in the manner of OJ: MIA. But it does effectively plunge the viewer back in those choppy seas for an object lesson in how politics can rapidly inflame a situation to dangerous levels.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A vital and spellbinding documentary that dissects a fascinating moment in American history.

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John Fink
The Film Stage

McDonnell and Golden's Elián is a sweeping, definitive look at the saga, engaging and entertaining even if it contradicts what it sets out to do.

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