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A Cuban Homecoming After 50 Years

Nov 30, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Raquel Zaldivar

Roberto Carlos Zaldivar left Cuba on January 21, 1962, as part of a mass exodus of unaccompanied minors that fled the island to the United States. It has been over half a century, and Zaldivar has never gone back. This short documentary by his daughter, Raquel, documents his homecoming to the city where he was born and raised. It’s a story from two lenses, Raquel writes: “that of someone whose life was forever changed by abruptly having to leave his home, and that of someone who has spent her whole life wondering about a mysterious place she has never known.” More of her work can be seen at

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