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Season 16, Episode 6 90 Miles

First Aired: July 29, 2003

In “90 Miles,” 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). This hour consists of vintage news footage and video of the Zaldivars in the U.S., and it follows Juan Carlos as he returns to Holguin, his home town in eastern Cuba, in 1998.

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  • Premiered: July 5, 1988
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr… (more)

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