Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
With support from the Florida International University's Cuban Research Institute, Lisandro Perez-Rey directs Mas Alla Del Mar (Beyond the Sea), a documentary about the Mariel Boatlift. This historical and personal film tells the story of several Cuban exiles who left their island country from the port of Mariel during the boatlift of 1980. Following a rush on the embassy in Havana, more than 100,000 Cubans fled their homeland in hopes of creating a new life in the U.S. A mass of Cuban residents -- from average middle-class families to hardened criminals -- huddled onto boats. Upon their arrival in Florida, many of them were met with violence. Perez-Ray visits with many of the surviving exiles for in-depth interviews.