The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
On selected Sundays, the Facets Cinémathèque proudly presents a monthly series featuring contemporary Latin American films. Curated by Cinema Tropical.
BEYOND THE SEA
(MAS ALLA DEL MAR)
"Manages to be at once historically elucidating and personally compelling." -Variety
"Grants a quiet dignity to its subjects without sanctifying them. And the less-than-ideal outcome of many of their lives rings all the more powerfully for being so plainly presented." Village Voice
It began with a bus crashing through the gates of an embassy in Havana and unraveled into one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of human migrations. As Fidel Castro briefly allowed Cubans to leave the island, nearly 130,000 of them left their homeland in an unrelenting stream of vessels bound for America. 25 years later, the personal stories surrounding the Mariel Boatlift continue to resonate with an energy that can only be described as surreal and powerful. Weaving together these riveting stories along with rare historical images and footage from present-day Cuba, this film recreates this "explosion of 1980," a crisis that shook the very foundations of Cuban as well as American society. With unprecedented access to archival material, and numerous interviews to "murielitos," Pérez-Rey constructs the most complete work to date on the infamous Mariel Boatlift, which Cinema Tropical brings to the screen in memory of its 25th anniversary.
Directed by Lisandro Pérez-Rey, U.S.A./Cuba, 2003, 80 mins. In Spanish and English with English subtitles.