7.3/10
559
9 user 18 critic

Cuban Rafters (2002)

Balseros (original title)
The story of Cuban refugees who risked their lives in homemade rafts to reach the United States, and what life is like for those who succeed.

Directors:

Carles Bosch (as Carlos Bosch), Josep Maria Domènech

Writers:

Carles Bosch (as Carlos Bosch), David Trueba
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The remarkable story of The Weather Underground, radical activists of the 1970s, and of radical politics at its best and most disastrous.

Directors: Sam Green, Bill Siegel
Stars: Lili Taylor, Pamela Z, Jim Lange
Twin Sisters (2002)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Twin Sisters is an epic love story based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo that has been read by more than 3.5 million readers in Holland and Germany.

Director: Ben Sombogaart
Stars: Ellen Vogel, Gudrun Okras, Thekla Reuten
My Architect (2003)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.

Director: Nathaniel Kahn
Stars: Edmund Bacon, Edwina Pattison Daniels, Balkrishna Doshi
Himalaya (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes,... See full summary »

Directors: Eric Valli, Michel Debats
Stars: Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, Lhakpa Tsamchoe
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two youths sent for a Maoist "re-education" in the mountains fall in love with the village tailor's granddaughter.

Director: Sijie Dai
Stars: Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Ye Liu
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki
Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing clan loyalties, 2 young daughters, an aged mother, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi
Zelary (2003)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A nurse is part of the resistance in 1940s Czechoslovakia. She is discovered and must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, from a remote mountain village where time stopped 150 years ago, agrees to hide her as his wife.

Director: Ondrej Trojan
Stars: Anna Geislerová, György Cserhalmi, Ivan Trojan
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro
Documentary | Biography | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city's notorious red light district.

Directors: Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
Stars: Kochi, Avijit Halder, Shanti Das
Yesterday I (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school.

Director: Darrell Roodt
Stars: Leleti Khumalo, Lihle Mvelase, Kenneth Khambula
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

During his final days, a dying man is reunited with old friends, former lovers, his ex-wife, and his estranged son.

Director: Denys Arcand
Stars: Rémy Girard, Dorothée Berryman, Stéphane Rousseau
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Guillermo Armas Guillermo Armas ... Himself
Maria Celeste Arraras ... Herself (archive footage)
Rafael Cano Rafael Cano ... Himself
Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage)
Oscar Del Valle Oscar Del Valle ... Himself
Mericys Gonzalez Mericys Gonzalez ... Herself
Misclaida Gonzalez Misclaida Gonzalez ... Herself
Miriam Hernández Miriam Hernández ... Herself
Juan Carlos Subiza Juan Carlos Subiza ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

The story of Cuban refugees who risked their lives in homemade rafts to reach the United States, and what life is like for those who succeed.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Bausan Films [Spain]

Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 April 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuban Rafters See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuba See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,111, 27 July 2003

Gross USA:

$16,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,539
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It was originally a news video made in the mid 90s, when a lot of Cuban citizens started to try arriving at the USA by sea. Years later, the director and the director of photography tracked down the people of the video and filmed them at their new lives. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Definitely not the most powerful documentary ever, but still moving
21 June 2004 | by sar43See all my reviews

This is the story of many different Cuban lives intertwined, as they all hope of one day escaping Castro's communism and achieving the American Dream. However, the degree to which they achieve this varies widely. Some, like Rafael Cano are able to persevere and put their faith in God, and achieve the dream. However, another young woman who moves to Albuquerque becomes involved in drugs and falls into the depths of poverty, and is eventually even disowned by her own sister. She even says at one point that she wants to go back to Cuba, because it is "her own country." For this character, the American lifestyle was a lot less glamorous than it seemed from the outside.

I don't believe the film was making an overt political statement. Although it did show the passion with which these young men and women so desperately wanted to leave Cuba, it also portrayed the United States as villainous, with Clinton telling Cubans to go back to their own country, etc.

I wish the film had shown us more about the lifestyles these characters led in Cuba before fleeing to the U.S. From what I could tell, it seemed as if the only thing that excited Cuban people was the prospect of escaping to the "freedoms" offered by the United States. For instance, when someone was leaving the village with his or her raft, the entire village gathered around and bid him farewell, and then people proceeded to follow him with bikes. It was almost as if a president were passing by on a motorcade. So, I was really interested in learning about Cuban life under Castro, but I would imagine it is definitely not as mundane as the film (inadvertantly?) makes it out to be.

Overall: 6 stars out of 10


9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed