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Film Info
Runtime:80
Copyright:2020
Country Listing:Cuba
Brazil
Colombia
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Language:Spanish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Made In Colombia
By Program - Sort:Made In Colombia
Film Subjects:Latin American Cultures & Issues
Migration & Immigration
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Marcel Beltrán
Producer(s):Maria Carla del Rio
Paula Gastaud
Paola Andrea Pérez Nieto
Editor(s):Marcel Beltrán
Writer(s):Marcel Beltrán
Cinematography:Marcel Beltrán
Sound:Homer Mora

Description

Armed with only cell phones to bear witness to their journey, hundreds of Cubans documented their crossing from Colombia into Panama in hopes of entering the US. Most selling all their possessions to afford the trip, they crossed the treacherous Darién Gap jungle, enduring harsh conditions and eluding human and drug traffickers—only to land in a new kind of nightmare. When in January 2017, the Obama administration abruptly ended the "wet feet, dry feet" policy that expedited US residency for Cuban nationals, hundreds became trapped in a migratory limbo: illegal in Panama, with no money, no option to return to Cuba and few options for other safe countries. Cuban director Marcel Beltrán has expertly pieced together over a hundred hours of cell phone footage to show their perilous journey and firsthand accounts. Heather Haynes

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This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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