Thursday, June 17, 2010

La Galeria de Arte Zu El Mariel 30 años

Pin Pon Fuera ! Abajo la Gusanera !!!

Zu Galería Fine Arts and Docs in Motion cordially invite you to experience a night with documentary filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldívar and his film 90 Miles, as part of our month long celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Mariel Boatlift!

June 18, 8pm

Zu Galeria Fine Arts
2248 SW 8th Street
Miami, Fl 33135

Juan Carlos Zaldívar

Born in a town outside Havana, Zaldívar was a teenager when he came to the U.S. with his family during the Mariel boatlift in 1980. He earned a BFA and MFA in film studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and subsequently taught there. His thesis film, "The Story of the Red Rose," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where he was invited as a juror, and he became a Fellow of the Writers' Lab in 1998. Zaldívar's second short, "Palingenesis," was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Currently residing in Miami, Zaldívar is a member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the director and programmer of Miami's first Documentary Film Festival, entitled "The Florida Room."


In 1980, Juan Carlos Zaldívar was a 13-year-old loyalist of the Cuban Revolution jeering in the streets at the thousands of "Marielitos" leaving the island by boat for the United States. Within weeks, he was a Marielito himself, headed with the rest of his family for a new life in Miami. Now a U.S.-based filmmaker, Zaldívar recounts the strange twist of fate that took him across one of the world's most treacherous stretches of water in 90 Miles.

As related by Zaldívar in the intensely personal and evocative film, arrival in South Florida is only the beginning of the family's struggle to comprehend the full meaning of their passage into exile. What follows is an intimate and uneasy accounting of the historical forces that have split the Cuban national family in two, and which shape the passage of values from one generation to the next.

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90 Miles (USA, 79 minutes, 2001)
Directors/Producers: Juan Carlos Zaldivar and Nicole Betancourt
Language: English
Color: Black and White | Color
Company: 90 Miles LLC

Cost $10 per person
Refreshments will be served

Live performance by Arias

Sponsored by: Arquía Productions, Carla Projects Entertainment, Harvest Delights, and Zu Galeria Fine Arts
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