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EL BALSERO (THE RAFTER MOVIE) CONTINUES TO IMPACT THE WORLD...

By: MARIE V.
November 27, 2019
PICTURE COURTESY OF FLICKHOUSE STUDIOS

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The film that is impacting the world. "El Balsero" or "The Rafter Movie"... This film will have you crying, smiling and cheering all at once. The Ocean Dance Film Fest will open the Red Carpet and welcome FlickHouse Studios to show this amazing film at Ocean Dance 2019. All around the world this film is being screened and it is well deserved.

What is "El Balsero"?

 

After years of living under Fidel Castro's government, Cuba has fallen into a state of darkness and oppression. Freedom has been stripped from its people and daily life has been punctured by  harassment and executions at the hands of Castro's National Police. After his childhood friend is violently killed in an altercation with a Castro sympathizer, 21 year old Reinaldo realizes he must find a way out and regain his freedom at any cost.

On January 1st, 1959, after years of revolutionary fighting within Cuba, Fidel Castro took control of the tense and still-volatile country. The new  regime inflicted a reign of terror upon the people of Cuba, executing anyone who dared to stand in the way of Castro or his government. Private business was abolished. The press was censored.  Movement was restricted, and most importantly, freedom of expression abolished. Reinaldo Cruz was just 16 years old when  his country began to be  torn apart by civil unrest and repression. Life in Cuba darkened, and daily life was punctured by interrogation and harassment at the hands of Castro's National Police.  

 

After one of his friends is violently killed in an altercation, 21 year old Reinaldo realizes he must find a way out and regain his freedom. He resolves do so at any cost. Although it means leaving behind a sister and mother he adores, Reinaldo, desperate enough to risk even death, does what no one before him had yet:, begins a perilous journey to America on nothing more than a makeshift raft and despite knowing that he would unlikely survive the journey, on July 31, 1964 Reinaldo Cruz makes history and becomes the first person in history to flee Cuba on a raft in search of freedom. (FlickHouse Studios) This film will change your life!

You can see El Balsero (Red Carpet Screening) November 22, 2019 - 8:00PM at The Ocean Dance Film Fest being held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort. The screening is free for pass holders and a limited amount of public tickets are now available and pricing includes an amazing after party celebration joining the cast of the #1 Television Show in history, Baywatch!

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