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Elián (2017)



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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 and US relatives. Set to the backdrop of a tense and acrimonious relationship between the US and Cuba, the documentary features a wealth of contemporary news archive and gives unprecedented access to key players in the saga, including an exclusive interview with the boy himself, now a 23-year old man. A story of family and the challenges of reconciliation, the documentary uses one boy's remarkable journey to plot the path to rapprochement between Cuba and the US, and is underscored by a deeply moving personal and political commentary.

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Your sympathy and judgment coexist, no matter how wince-inducing it gets with each turbulent turn. Context is everything here.

June 1, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

May 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

May 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

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

May 8, 2017 | Full Review…

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

May 5, 2017 | Full Review…

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