2017 Milwaukee Film Festival

Sept. 28 - Oct. 12

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Director: Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell

Film Summary

Documentary Festival Favorites | 1:48 | 2017 | Ireland/USA | English/Spanish with English subtitles | View Website

It was the story that held an entire nation in rapt attention at the turn of the millennium: 5-year-old Elián Gonzalez, rescued from an inner tube off the coast of Florida after his mother perished in a failed attempt to flee Cuba. The ensuing media circus foreshadowed our 24/7 news cycle, with a traumatized young boy used as a political and social pawn in frosty U.S./Cuban relations. Now a man, Elián and his family offer intimate perspective on the complex family dynamics overlooked in the initial media coverage.

Director Tim Golden, Ross McDonnell
Executive Producer Alex Gibney
Producer Trevor Birney
Screenwriter Tim Golden, Michael J. Palmer
Cinematographer Ross McDonnell
Editor Michael J. Palmer, Hannah Vanderlan

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