America Reframed
Sun, 12/16/2012 - 8:00pm

Cuban-born filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldivar explores the emotional fallout from his family's decision to immigrate to Miami during the 1980 Mariel boat lift. Zaldivar, who was 13 and an ardent Communist, was an unenthusiastic émigré, but he has thrived in the U.S., as have his mother and sisters. Not so his father, who felt "betrayed" by Castro, but soon became "defeated by the American dream" (he's a department-store clerk in Miami).