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Far from Fidel

A documentary directed by .

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Price: €14.00


Cuban immi­grants have kept com­ing to Miami in the past 40 years. From the “gusanos”, the first oppo­nents to Castro’s regime, to the “marieli­tos” in the 1980’s, to the “balseros” in the 1990’s and to the lat­est arrivals, who were granted visas.

Miami has become a Cuban town which could eas­ily been regarded as a model of suc­cess­ful inte­gra­tion. But on the other side of the look­ing glass, there is a tight net­work of asso­ci­a­tions and organ­i­sa­tions, which pre­pare the new arrivals to suc­ceed their inte­gra­tion into the Amer­i­can main­stream. As soon as they set foot in the US, they are taken in charge by this sys­tem, which pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive course to teach them the rules of the soci­ety wel­com­ing them. They learn the basics of civics and cap­i­tal­ism: work hard, not be assisted, have an entre­pre­uneur­ial spirit, how to buy, how to sell and how to live on credit. The US wel­comes about 100,000 new Cuban immi­grants every year with advan­tages, no other com­mu­ni­ties have and the agree­ment of Fidel Castro’s regime on top of it. We may won­der why.

The Amer­i­can Cubans are very well inte­grated but still, they are all torn between feel­ing nos­tal­gic for their for­mer life, reject­ing Castro’s regime and wish­ing to be Amer­i­can Cubans. Even if some will never go back to Cuba, 70% of Cuban exiles believe that a peace­ful tran­si­tion from Cas­tro­ism to democ­racy is pos­si­ble and that they might play a part in it. This may be their own Amer­i­can challenge.


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