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World; Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey

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Against Wind and Tide: A Cuban Odyssey
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Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

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In April 1980, boats began coming from Cuba when Fidel Castro opened the Port of Mariel to allow Cubans to leave for the U.S. Were they what they appeared -- a cross-section of Cuban Society? Or were they what Castro was claiming, the "scum" of Revolutionary Cuba? Were they seeking political freedom, economic opportunity, or as rumor had it, were they refugees from Cuba's jails and mental institutions? Or were they simply people seeking to reunite with families already in the United States?



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