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Executive produced by Academy Award® winner Alex Gibney, this is the remarkable story of Elián González, a five-year-old Cuban boy plucked from the Florida Straits, and how the fight for his future changed the course of US–Cuban relations.

Featuring powerful personal testimony, candid interviews and extraordinary news archive, this Fine Point Films & Jigsaw Production presents a gripping account of Elián’s remarkable survival after his mother and ten others perished at sea, the custody battle between the boy’s Cuban father and Miami-based relatives, and the momentous political fight that came to surround it.

Offering a never-before-seen intimate portrait of Elián today, this is a story of family and the challenges of reconciliation, of two nations working towards healing old wounds and of Elián and his father, and the possibility that, seventeen years on, this once-close family might finally make peace.



“Must-see documentary at Tribeca” - ASHLEY LEE, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

“Powerful new documentary” - SANDRA GUZMAN, NBC

"Slick and riveting documentary” - CHRIS BASTANTI, FILM JOURNAL 

Elian’s story may have been swallowed by the mists of time now, but the camera clearly shows that these still have the potential to be deep and treacherous waters indeed.”-  FIONNUALA HALLIGAN, SCREEN DAILY

Elián provides a deep dive on the subject, unfolding at times like a thriller as it covers the saga from multiple angles, including Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton exchanging words.”  - JOHN FINK, THE FILM STAGE 

Elián is a vital and spellbinding documentary that dissects a fascinating moment in American history. Don't miss it.” - MIKE MCGRANAGHAN, AISLESEAT.COM 

“Well-crafted and well-paced film” - JASON BAILEY, FLAVORWIRE

“This completely absorbing documentary should not be missed.”- ROGER WALKER-DACK, QUEER GURU 

“This kind of documentary filmmaking is an incredibly important reminder that there are real people at the center of crises and scandals, and given the sociopolitical state of the world today, it’s a lesson we ought to heed.” - ETHAN SAPIENZA, WASHINGTON SQUARE NEWS 

“Educational, passionate and full of heart – definitely a must-see film.” - LEE ROMERO, CORRIENTEL LATINA  

“There is no question that Elián will roil your heart and your mind as you are horrified by the brutality of the forces pulling at the six-year-old child. The film also spends quality time with the grownup Elian, who seems to have weathered the storms of politics, just as he once weathered the shipwreck that left him without a mother and at the mercy of forces far beyond his control. Whatever your feelings about the issues, you will be shaken by this chapter of very recent history whose ending still remains to be written. Don’t miss it.” - APOLLO'S GIRL ­

Genre: Non-Fiction

Sub Genre: Political, True Story, News & Current Affairs, History, Documentary

Year of Production: 2017

Running Time: 1 x 110-minutes

Available in HD: Yes

Country: Northern Ireland & USA

Production Company:A Fine Point Films & Jigsaw Production